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The coins below include some of the best examples from a large hoard.
Persis was located in what is now southern Iran. 'Persians' settled the area as early as the 8th century B.C. Alexander the Great took control of the area. After his death Persis became part of 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 Sassinian empire.