Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Parthia with bust of king, struck under Gotarzes I and Orodes I

Greek
Hellenistic Period
91–75 B.C.


Mint: Parthia (Kingdom), Seleukeia-on-the-Tigris (Babylonia)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2219.

Dimensions

Diameter: 32 mm. Weight: 14.20 gm.

Accession Number

35.173

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Bust of a king to left, wearing short beard, diadem with long ends, spiral necklace and cuirass.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Arsakes seated right on throne holding bow.
Inscriptions in Greek above, at right, below, and at left. Monogram in field above bow.

Rulers: Gotarzes I, 91-81/80 B.C. and Orodes I, 80-76/5 B.C.

Provenance

By 1926: with Naville & Cie, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica [Naville] auction 12, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, October 18-23, 1926, lot 2177); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; anonymous gift to MFA, April 4, 1935

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)