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Kingdom of Persis

Persis was located in what is now southern Iran. "Persians" settled the area as early as the 8th century B.C. From the time after its conquest by Alexander the Great, Persis was most often quasi-independent, under the hegemony of a Seleukid or Parthian king. Immediately following Alexander's death, Persis was subject to the Seleucid Kingdom. About 290 B.C., Persis regained independence. The coins produced during this period were Greek-inspired, but inscriptions were Aramaic, symbolic of Persis' rejection of the Greek ruling class. Sometime between c. 250 and 223 B.C., the Seleucids regained control. Mithradates II later incorporated Persis as a sub-kingdom of Parthia. Under Parthian domination, the coins and appearance of the kings depicted on them assumed the Parthian style. The last King of Persis, Artaxerxes, defeated the Parthians and founded the Sassanian Empire.


Kingdom of Persis, Manchihr III, c. 150 - 200 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
GS06321. Silver drachm, Alram IP 643, BMC Arabia p, 243, 2 and pl. XXXVII, SGICV 5967, gVF, weight 3.00 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 270o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 150 - 200 A.D.; obverse Manucithr the king (Aramaic/Pehlvi legend behind), bearded bust left in Parthian style tiara adorned with rows of pellets and pellet in crescent; reverse Son of Manucithr the king (Aramaic/Pehlvi legend before and behind), smaller bust left of Mancithr II (his father) wearing diademed headdress with top bent forward and ornamented with row of pellets; Sear graded as "good VF, rare and attractive"; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Ardashir II, c. 50 - 1 B.C.

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SH06330. Silver drachm, Alram IP 570/573, aEF/VF, weight 3.82 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 325o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 50 - 1 B.C.; obverse crowned king right, dot within crescent and other symbols behind; reverse king right of fire altar holding scepter, Aramaic legend around; nicely toned, some earthen fill on reverse; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Vadfradad III, c. 100 - 50 B.C.

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GS06322. Silver drachm, Alram IP 561, EF+, weight 4.07 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 135o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 100 - 50 B.C.; obverse bust right wearing satrapal headdress; reverse king standing between fire altar and eagle standard, Ahura Mazda above, Aramaic legend around; boldly struck with high relief dies; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Pakor I, c. 1 - 50 A.D.

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SH06332. Silver drachm, Alram IP 588, aEF/EF, weight 3.100 g, maximum diameter 28.5 mm, die axis 140o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 1 - 50; obverse diademed bust left;; reverse diademed bust left; large diameter scyphate flan; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Ardashir IV, c. 150 - 200 A.D.

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SH01370. Silver drachm, Alram IP 647/50, EF, weight 2.42 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 150 - 200 A.D.; obverse diademed bust left with hair knot, three pellets left, legend behind; reverse crowned bust left, Aramaic legend around; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Vahshir, c. 50 - 1 B.C.

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SH06328. Silver drachm, Alram IP 579, EF, weight 3.79 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 270o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 50 - 1 B.C.; obverse diademed bust left, closed crescent before; reverse king right of fire altar, Aramaic legend around; spots of hornsilver on obverse; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Artaxerses (Ardashir) II, c. 50 - 1 B.C.

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The literary references to Persis are few. The order and dates of rulers are still uncertain. Coins are by far the best and most prolific source of information about these kings.
SH56733. Silver drachm, Alram IP 570, cf. Tyler-Smith 41, aVF, weight 3.904 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 45o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 50 - 1 B.C.; obverse diademed bust of king right, wearing crown with three turrets, three diadem ties, torque of three segments, Tyler-Smith monogram 2 behind; reverse Aramaic inscription: Araxsir king son [of] Darev king, king standing left before fire altar, holding scepter; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Ardashir II, c. 50 - 1 B.C.

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SH06331. Silver drachm, Alram IP 570/573, EF, weight 3.89 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 90o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 50 - 1 B.C.; obverse crowned king right, dot within crescent and other symbols behind; reverse king right of fire altar holding scepter, Aramaic legend around; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Pakor I, c. 1 - 50 A.D.

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SH01385. Silver drachm, Alram IP 592, Choice EF, weight 3.76 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 1 - 50 A.D.; obverse diademed bust left, symbols before; reverse diademed bust left; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Nambed, c. 25 - 75 A.D.

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SH01423. Silver drachm, Alram IP 600, Choice EF, weight 3.78 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 270o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 25 - 75 A.D.; obverse crowned and diademed bust left; reverse crowned king standing right, star and crescent before him; SOLD




  




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REFERENCES

Alram, M. Iranisches Personennamenbuch: Nomina Propria Iranica In Nummis. Osterreichischen Akademie Der Wissenschaften. (Wien, 1986).
Classical Numismatic Group. "An American Collection fo the Kings of Persis" in CNG Auction 90, Internet and Mail Bid Sale, 23 May 2012, pp. 162 - 173.
De Morgan, J. Monnaies orientales: numismatique de la Perse antique. (Paris, 1927-1933).
Hill, G. Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum: Arabia, Mesopotamia and Persia. (London, 1922).
Klose, D. & W. MŁseler. Die MŁnzen aus Persepolis von Alexander dem GroŖen zu den Sasaniden. (Munich, 2008).
Mitchiner, M. Oriental Coins: the Ancient and Classical World. (London, 1978).
Gyselen, R. ed. New Evidence for Sasanian Numismatics: The Collection of Ahmad Saeedi. (Leuven, Belgium, 2004).
Sear, D. Greek Coins and Their Values, Volume 2, Asia and Africa. (London, 1979).
Sear, D. Greek Imperial Coins and Their Values. (London, 1982).
Tyler-Smith, S. "A parcel of Persis drachms, half drachms and obols" in Numismatic Chronicle 164 (2004), pp. 253 - 271.

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