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  • Denomination

    • drachm
  • Description

    Silver coin.(obverse) Short-bearded Orodes II facing left, wearing diadem and torque. Crescent moon hangs above right and star above left. Dotted border.
    (reverse) Archer seated on throne right, with anchor behind.

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 57 BC-38 BC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 3.04 grammes
    • Diameter: 18 millimetres
    • Die-axis: 12 o'clock
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

      • Inscription Translation

        Of the King of Kings [...] God Manifest, Philhellene.
      • Inscription Comment

        7-line legend is mostly illegible.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        reverse; below bow
      • Inscription Language

  • Curator's comments

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

  • Bibliography

    • BMC Greek (Parthia) 178, p.88 bibliographic details
    • Sellwood 1980 47.31 (with countermark) bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number


  • C&M Catalogue number

    • GC23p88.178
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