Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Parthia with bust of Phraates II

Hellenistic Period
about 129–128 B.C.

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2213.


Diameter: 31 mm. Weight: 16.37 gm.

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On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Bust of Phraates II right with whisker and slight beard, wearing diadem and cuirass or drapery.
Fillet border.
Reverse: Demeter, wearing chiton and peplos, seated left holding in her left hand cornucopia and in her right hand Nike to right. with wreath.
Inscription in Greek at right and left. In exergue, two monograms.


According to Brett, catalogue no. 2213: from the Teheran (Mandali) Hoard, 1923; by 1936: with Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1, England; by 1936: U.S. Private Collection; October 8, 1936: Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Credit Line

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