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Kings of Parthia – 140 AD

Mithradates V

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Kings of Parthia – 140 AD

Obverse: Diademed bust of King Mithradates V facing left with long pointed beard, wearing single banded diadem with double loop.
Reverse: Arsakes I the Archer seated facing right on a chair throne, holding bow; large monogram below bow; legends around.

Obv: Diademed bust facing left with long pointed beard, wearing single banded diadem with double loop and two pendent ends, spiral torque, ear-ring visible; all within pelleted border. Rev: Legends;  “mtrdt mlk” (King Mithradates) in Pahlavi, followed by a six line stylized Greek legend; OΛIIΛN ΛIIΛNOV / IVIIΓITO ΛXIVOV ΠXΛNIOV / TXΛIΛΛHO. Arsakes I the archer facing right and seated on a throne, holding bow; monogram below bow.



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The ANAM Special Features gallery takes a closer look at this late Persian Arsacid drachm string-like “binary code” legend symbols and how they corresponded to ancient Greek characters, text and meaning. To view the Special Features coin exhibit study of late Persian Arsacid legends, please use the following link: Late Persian Arsacid Legend Study Exhibit

Value: Drachm. Metal: AR Silver. Weight: 3.80 grams. Mint: Ekbatana. Date: 128-147 AD.
Attribution: Sellwood 82.1, Mithradates IV, 82.3 (pellet above bow), Mithradates IV, 82.3 (extra lines engraved on diadem bands); Shore 425; BMC Parthia, page 219, 25; MACW 682 (all attributed as Mithradates IV).

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