Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Parthia with bust of Mithradates I

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 141–138 B.C.


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

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2211.

Dimensions

Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 15.31 gm.

Accession Number

01.5651

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Within a filleted border, draped bust of Mithradates I to right, diademed.
Reverse: Young Herakles standing to left, a phiale in his right hand, extended, and holding his club and lion-skin on his left arm.
Plain exergual line.
Monogram in exergue. Inscription in Greek at right and left.

Struck under Mithradates I, King of Parthia, 171-138 B.C.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 22,142.63 (this figure is the total price for MFA 01.5425-01.5657)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund