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Parthia - Gotarzes II: 40-51 AD


Parthian Kingdom, Gotarzes II (40-51), AR Tetradrachm, Seleucid year 360 (48/49 AD), Seleucia Mint
(No legend)
Bare-headed bust left with long, somewhat pointed beard; diadem with loop at the top and three ends, lock of hair representing royal wart on forehead; border of dots
[BASILEWS BASI]LEW[N] / [ARSAKOU] [EU]ERGE[TOU] / DIKAIOU / EPIFANO[US] [FIL]ELLHN[OS]
King seated right on throne, Tyche standing left before him, presenting diadem and holding cornucopiae
Between the heads of Tyche and the king, Greek numeral XT, year 360 of the Seleucid era. Outer line of inscription at the bottom would be read from outside and gives the month as GR EMBO (GORPIAIOS EMBOLIMOS, Gorpiaios Embolimos), but almost entirely off flan
26mm x 27mm, 9.76g
Sellwood 65.23


Parthian Kingdom, Gotarzes II (40-51), AR Drachm, Ecbatana Mint
(No legend)
Bare-headed bust left with medium to long, square cut beard, diadem with loop at the top and three ends, border of dots
Corrupted form of BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN / APΣAKOY / EYEPΓETOY ΔIKAIOY / EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛHNOΣ
Archer seated right on throne, holding bow over monogram, cross below throne
18mm x 21mm, 3.09g
Sellwood 65.33; Shore 364
Ex Midwest "Coins of Christianity" Collection