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Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Parthia with bust of king, struck under Gotarzes I and Orodes I

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Obverse: Bust of a king to left, wearing short beard, diadem with long ends, spiral necklace and cuirass. Border of dots. Reverse: Arsakes seated right on throne holding bow. (See media screen for Greek inscriptions.) Rulers: Gotarzes I, 91-81/80 B.C. and Orodes I, 80-76/5 B.C.

Provenance

By 1926: with Naville & Cie, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica [Naville] auction 12, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, October 18-23, 1926, lot 2177); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; anonymous gift to MFA, April 4, 1935

Credit Line

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

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 91–75 B.C.

Mint

Seleukeia-on-the-Tigris (Babylonia), Parthia (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2219.

Dimensions

Diameter: 32 mm. Weight: 14.20 gm.

Accession Number

35.173

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins