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    Copper alloy coin.(obverse) Short-bearded Orodes II facing left, wearing diadem and torque. Crescent moon hangs above right and star above left. Dotted border.
    (reverse) Anchor and crescent.

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  • Date

    • 57BC-38BC
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  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 1.61 grammes
    • Diameter: 11 millimetres
    • Die-axis: 12 o'clock
  • Curator's comments

    Possibly Orodes I and not Orodes II, according to Wroth's Catalogue of Greek Coins - Parthia, (1903).

  • Bibliography

    • BMC Greek (Parthia) 224, p.94 bibliographic details
    • Sellwood 1980 48.22 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

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    Coins & Medals

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  • C&M Catalogue number

    • GC23p94.224
Copper alloy coin.

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