Drachm of Kingdom of Parthia with bust of a king

Late Hellenistic Period
about 70–57 B.C.

Mint: Parthia (Kingdom), probably Mithradatkart (Persia)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2225.


Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 4.01 gm.

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On View

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


The Ancient World



Obverse: Bust of a king facing, wearing close beard, diadem with flying ends, necklace with circular fastening, and cuirass.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Arsakes seated on throne to right, holding bow.
Inscriptions in Greek above, at right, below, and at left. Monogram below bow.

Reign of Phraates III.


By date unknown: Petrowicz Collection; by 1926: with Naville & Cie, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica [Naville] auction 12 [Petrowicz], Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, October 18-23, 1926, lot 2208); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; April 4, 1935: Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Credit Line

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