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Drachm of Kingdom of Parthia with bust of a king

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Obverse: Bust of a king facing, wearing close beard, diadem with flying ends, necklace with circular fastening, and cuirass. Border of dots. Reverse: Arsakes seated on throne, holding bow. (See media screen for Greek inscriptions.) Reign of Phraates III.

Provenance

By date unknown: Petrowicz Collection; by 1926: with Naville & Cie, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica [Naville] auction 12 [Petrowicz], Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, October 18-23, 1926, lot 2208); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; April 4, 1935: Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)

Greek, Late Hellenistic Period, about 70–57 B.C.

Mint

probably Mithradatkart (Persia), Parthia (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2225.

Dimensions

Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 4.01 gm.

Accession Number

35.175

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins