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Artabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)

ΑΡΤΑΝΑΝΟΣ

See the genealogy chart.

See the article, "Identifying Look-alike Parthian Drachms : Differentiating the Drachms of Artabanus II (c. A.D. 10 - 38), Gotarzes II (c. A.D. 40 - 51) and Artabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)."

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Coins Attributed to Artabanus III

The attributions and cataloging of Parthian coins used throughout this web site follow David Sellwood's An Introduction to the Coinage of Parthia (1980, 2nd edition) for consistency. The few exceptions to this policy are explained here.

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See the contemporaneous counterfeit of an Artabanus III coin in the ANS coin cabinet.

Sellwood Type 74

PDC 11501Artabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)
AR Tetradrachm, 14.09 g
Mint/ Seleucia, November, A.D. 80
Obv/ bust of king left, with long rectangular beard, hair straight, no wart
Rev/ king seated left, receiving diadem from Tyche; dated ΒϘΤ [A]PELL[A] (year 392 Seleucid era); Greek inscription [Β]ΑΣΙΛΕΩ[Σ] ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟ[Υ] ΑΡΤΑΒΑΝΟ[Υ] ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ [Ε]ΠΙΦΑΝ[ΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ]
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group (CNG 58, lot 796)
- Sellwood 74.3
- Shore not listed

Obverse
Artabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)
AR Drachm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust of king left, with long rectangular beard, hair straight, no wart
Rev/ beardless archer, seated right on throne, both rear legs of throne visible (? unusual); in right hand, bow; below bow monogram 26; Greek inscription
Photo/ by permission Hutto's Ancient Coins
- Sellwood 74.6 variant (but two rear legs on throne)

PDC 6154Artabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)
AR Drachm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with long square cut beard, wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, hair almost straight, earring visible; border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; below bow monogram 26; Greek inscription
Photo/ by permission Mr. P.M., Brussels
- Sellwood 74.6

ObverseArtabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)
AR Drachm, 3.70 g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with long square cut beard, wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, hair almost straight, earring visible; border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; below bow monogram 26; Greek inscription
Photo/ by permission Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.
- Sellwood 74.6

ObverseArtabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)
AR Drachm, 3.83 g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with long square cut beard, wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, hair almost straight, earring visible; border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; below bow monogram 26; Greek inscription
Photo/ by permission Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.
- Sellwood 74.6

ObverseArtabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)
AR Drachm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Additional images/ [large obv & rev]
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with long square cut beard, wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, hair almost straight, earring visible; border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; below bow monogram 26; Greek inscription
Photo/ by permission Smithsonian Institution, National Numismatic Collection
- Sellwood 74.6

ObverseArtabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)
AR Drachm, 3.55 g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with long square cut beard, wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, hair almost straight, earring visible; border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; below bow monogram 26; Greek inscription
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 74.6

ObverseArtabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)
AR Drachm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with long square cut beard, wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, hair almost straight, earring visible; border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; below bow monogram 26; Greek inscription
Prov/ from the Mendel Peterson collection
Photo/ by permission Gene Brandenburg, Old Town Coins
- Sellwood 74.6
- Mitchiner ACW 666

PDC 3256Artabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)
AE Chalkous, 1.44 g., 9 mm, 1h axis
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with long square cut beard, wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, hair almost straight, earring visible; border of dots
Rev/ three-quarter length figure of Tyche right, holding a palm branch, circular dotted border
Photo/ by permission Thomas K. Mallon, The Coins and History of Asia
- Sellwood 74.9
- Shore 605

PDC 17095Artabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)
AE Chalkous, 1.35 g., 9 mm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with long square cut beard, wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, hair almost straight, earring visible; border of dots
Rev/ bust of Tyche right
Photo/ by permission Patrick Pasmans
- Sellwood 74.10
- Shore 606

Sellwood Num Chron 1989, Type 5

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