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Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Parthia with bust of Mithradates II

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Obverse: Bust of Mithradates II, left, bearded; wears diadem, spiral necklace with terminal ornament, earring, and tunic; border of dots. Reverse: Arsakes I, beardless, seated right on omphalos, looking along the string of a bow held in outstretched right hand; he has a Scythian bonnet with long...

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Provenance

By date unknown between 1905 and 1935: Ernst Herzfeld Collection; by 1947: with Edward Gans, Numismatic Fine Arts, 101 West 55th Street, New York 19, N.Y. (Mail Bid Sale, No. 3, March 25, 1947, lot 76: said to have been found by peasants working on the fields); purchased by MFA as an anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864-1885), April 10, 1947, for $ 450.00 (this is the total price for MFA 47.1013-47.1015)

Credit Line

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

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 123–88 B.C.

Mint

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2344.

Dimensions

Diameter: 31 mm. Weight: 16.01 gm.

Accession Number

47.1013

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins