Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Parthia with bust of Orodes II

Late Hellenistic Period
57–37/6 B.C.

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2229.


Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 13.30 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Bust of Orodes II to left, with close beard and hair in flowing curls, wearing diadem, spiral necklace with projection and ornamented cuirass. On tunic, eight-pointed star.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Orodes II, wearing tunic and loose trousers, is seated to right on throne receiving palm-branch from right hand of Tyche who stands before him clad in chiton, peplos, and turreted head-dress. In her left hand she holds a sceptre.
Inscriptions in Greek above, below, left, and right.


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 2248); 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)