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Parthian Coins from the Early Parthian Kingdom

Descendants of Alexander's general Seleukos ruled Persia after Alexander's death. In 238 bc Arshak, king of the Skythian Parni tribe, overthrew the governor of Parthia, and the Parthians took over most of the Seleukid realm during the next century.

Parthian coins nearly all have the obverse type of the king's bust facing left, and the reverse type of a seated archer. Parthian kings were all styled Arsakes on their coins, making attributions a challenge.

 

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This period ended with great Parthian victories over the forces of Roman invaders Marcus Crassus and Mark Antony, who each met with serious  disaster invading Parthian Persia.

Despite these military successes, all was not well politically in the disunited Parthian kingdom, which continued to fear the might of Rome. Their great military victories did not provide lasting security, and instead gave Rome a motive for vengeance.

 

Achaemenid Empire

The Early Parthian Kingdom
238 bc - 38 bc

Middle Parthian Kingdom
Arsakes I
238 - 211 bc
Priapatios
191 - 176 bc
Mithradates I
171 - 138 bc
Artabanos I
127 - 124 bc
Gotarzes I
95 - 87 bc
Sinatrukes
77 - 70 bc
Mithradates III
57 - 54 bc
Arsakes II
211 - 191 bc
Phraates I
176 - 171 bc
Phraates II
138 - 127 bc
Mithradates II
123 - 88 bc
Orodes I
90 - 77 bc
Phraates III
70 - 57 bc
Orodes II
57 - 38 bc
   

S0069 2177 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates II: AR 20 Drachm
$150.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
3.39 g
S0069: Sellwood 24.9
VF, good style

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S0099* 3374 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates II: AR 20 Drachm
$110.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.03 g
S0099: Sellwood 28.6 toned nEF

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S0104* 1460 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates II: AR 18 Drachm
$100.00
Obv. -- Bust l. in tiara
Rev.
Archer seated r.
3.89 g
S0104v: Sellwood 29.2
nearly VF, Rare

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S0114 3371 Parthian Kingdom, Gotarzes I: AR 20 Drachm
$125.00
Obv. -- Bust l. in tiara
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.04 g
S0114: Sellwood 33.4 nEF

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S0122 1495 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 22 Drachm
$65.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
3.91 g
S0122: Sellwood 31.5
obv. sl. o/c, oth. VF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0122 1498 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 22 Drachm
$100.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
3.94 g
S0122: Sellwood 31.5
dark toning, VF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0122 3375 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 20 Drachm
$150.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.05 g
S0122: Sellwood 31.5 toned nEF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0122 3377 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 20 Drachm
$175.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
3.96 g
S0122: Sellwood 31.5 EF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0122 3379 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 20 Drachm
$150.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.13 g
S0122: Sellwood 31.5 toned nEF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0123 3363 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 22 Drachm
$150.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.11 g
S0123: Sellwood 31.6 nice VF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0123 3368 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 20 Drachm
$150.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.01 g
S0123: Sellwood 31.6 obv. graffiti, oth.EF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0123 3378 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 20 Drachm
$150.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
3.99 g
S0123: Sellwood 31.6 nEF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0123 3381 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 20 Drachm
$150.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.01 g
S0123: Sellwood 31.6 toned nEF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0123 3382 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 22 Drachm
$150.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.07 g
S0123: Sellwood 31.6 nEF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0123 3383 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 22 Drachm
$150.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.05 g
S0123: Sellwood 31.6 nEF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0124 3373 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 20 Drachm
$150.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.12 g
S0124: Sellwood 31.6 obv. graffiti, oth.EF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0125* 3372 Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates III (was Orodes I): AR 20 Drachm
$150.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.01 g
S0125v: Sellwood 31.8 nearly EF
Drachms of Type S31 were recently reattributed to this younger son of Mithradates II.

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S0131* 1462 Parthian Kingdom, Orodes I: AR 21 Drachm
$75.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
3.70 g
S0131v: Sellwood 30.11 dark tone, hairline crack, oth. gVF

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S0174 1468 Parthian Kingdom, Phraates III: AR 20 Drachm
$165.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.04 g
S0189v: Sellwood 40.2 EF

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S0174 1469 Parthian Kingdom, Phraates III: AR 22 Drachm
$165.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
4.07 g
S0189v: Sellwood 43.7 lg. flan, bold EF

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S0240 3442 Parthian Kingdom, Orodes II: AR 19 Drachm
$115.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r. stringing bow
4.01 g
S0240: Sellwood 47.8 nearly EF

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S0254 3455 Parthian Kingdom, Orodes II: AR 19 Drachm
$105.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r. stringing bow
4.00 g
S0254: Sellwood 47.29 obv. reddish tone, oth. nEF

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S0261 3449 Parthian Kingdom, Orodes II: AR 19 Drachm
$135.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r. stringing bow
3.98 g
S0261: Sellwood 48.9 EF

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S0277 1472 Parthian Kingdom, Phraates IV: AR 19 Drachm
$60.00
Obv. -- Diad. bust l.
Rev.
Archer seated r.
3.81 g
S0301*: Sellwood 54.12 VF

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