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Ancient Persia, Parthian Empire, Osroes II, AR drachm

Ancient Persia, Parthian Empire, Osroes II, AR drachm



Ancient Persia, Parthian Empire, Osroes II, AR drachm

Period: 208-228 AD

Parthia, Ancient Persia, silver drachm.
Mint: Ecbatana.

Obverse: Bust of king left, with long tapered beard, wearing tiara with ear flap and pellets on crest and vertically on side of diadem with loops and four pendant ends.
Reverse: Archer seated right on throne holding bow, legend around, monogram below bow.

Good centered coin.

Article code: 13-9125

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The Parthian Empire (also known as Arsacid Empire) was a Persian dynasty which came between the Achaemenid and Sassanian Dynasties of Persia (present-day Iran). It was founded by Mithridates the Great in 171 BC and lasted for nearly 400 years until its final demise at the hands of Ardashir I, the first Sassanian Persian king, between 206-224 AD.
The Parthian empire was located on the Silk Road trade route between the Roman Empire and the Empire of China and became a center of trade and commerce. Native Parthian sources, written in Parthian, Greek and other languages are scarce. Apart from some cuneiform tablets, rock inscriptions, drachm coins and some parchment documents, much of Parthian history is only known through external sources. Trade developed greatly under the Parthians and many of their coins and art objects have been found as far away as in Volga, the Caucasus and other sites in south Russia as well as in Chinese Turkestan.

It was generally believed that the Parthians only had the means and resources to start minting coins from the 2nd century BC. Since the discovery of the hoard at Seleucia in 1968 it is now accepted that coins were already minted by Arsaces I, and that during the reign of Mithradates I (171-138 BC) the first tetradrachms were struck. Parthians and Sasanians refined silver to mint coins and to make luxury items and decorations.

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