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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    OR.8545

  • 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: 3.96 grammes
    • Diameter: 20 millimetres
    • Die-axis: 1 o'clock
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Greek (corrupt)
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Greek (corrupt)
      • Inscription Content

        ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩ[Σ] ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣ?ΑΚΟΥ [ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ]? ΕΠΙΦΑΝ[ΟΥΣ]? [ΦΙΛ]ΕΛΛΗΝ<Ο>Σ
      • Inscription Transliteration

        BASILEOS BASILEON ARSAKOU EUERGETOU DIKAIOU EPIPHANOUS PHILELLENOS
      • Inscription Translation

        Of the King of Kings Arsaces, Benefactor, Just, God Manifest, Philhellene.
      • Inscription Comment

        7-line legend becomes increasingly corrupted.
      • Inscription Type

        monogram
      • Inscription Script

        Greek
      • Inscription Position

        reverse; below bow
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
  • Curator's comments

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

  • Bibliography

    • BMC Greek (Parthia) 174, p.88 bibliographic details
    • Sellwood 1980 47.31 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    OR.8545

  • C&M Catalogue number

    • GC23p88.174
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