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Gotarzes I (c. 95 - 90 B.C.)

ΓΩΤΑΡΖΗΣ or ΓΩΤΕΡΖΗΣ

Gotarzes I was the ninth Parthian king, the grandson of Phriapatius. His father's name has not come down through history, but he was not a king.

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Coins in the name of Arsaces attributed to Gotarzes I

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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Sellwood Type 33

Sellwood type 33 coins were originally attributed to Sinatruces by Sellwood (1971) but revised to Gotarzes I by Sellwood (1980). Recent research shows the type likely does belong to Sinatruces.

PDC 27322 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.8274g 20mm 12h (PDC 27322)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33i) with single-pellet ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Bob Rives
- Sellwood 33.1 [59 in db]
PDC 6920 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.86g (PDC 6920)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33i) with double-pellet ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Note: Square Sigma
Previous collection: R.C. Senior
Current collection: Ashmolean Museum, Senior 5466
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 33.1 variant (double-pellet torque) [4 in db]
PDC 39574 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Hemidrachm 1.76g (PDC 39574)
Mint?
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33i); torque end uncertain; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; left lines read from inside in five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 33.1 variant (hemidrachm) [1 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 374 (this coin)
- New York International Numismatic Convention 1996, lot 1555 (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 157 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
PDC 29028 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 19mm (PDC 29028)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33i) with single-pellet ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by from Peyman Shahidi's collection
- Sellwood 33.2 [40 in db]
- Shore 112
PDC 6918 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.15g (PDC 6918)
Mint: Margiane
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33i) with single-pellet ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; abbreviated ΘΟΠΑΤΟΡ to allow wide ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ in five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Previous collection: R.C. Senior
Current collection: Ashmolean Museum, Senior 5464
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 33.2 variant (abbrev. ΘΟΠΑΤΟΡ) [5 in db]
PDC 41572 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.11g 20mm (PDC 41572)
Mint?
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii) with double-pellet ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Washington Numismatic Gallery, Inc
- Sellwood 33.2 variant (double-pellet torque) [2 in db]
PDC 25358 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.9g 19mm (PDC 25358)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii) with double-pellet ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Canmoose Coins
- Sellwood 33.2 variant (mule: obv of Ecbatana, rev of Rhagae) [1 in db]
PDC 53544 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.14g 21mm (PDC 53544)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33i) with single-pellet ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Herakles Numismatics (Perry Siegel)
- Sellwood 33.3 [133 in db]
PDC 33435 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.12g (PDC 33435)
Mint?
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33i) with double-pellet ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Youssef Mishriki
- Sellwood 33.3 variant (double-pellet torque) [3 in db]
- Shore 112
PDC 21553 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.18g (PDC 21553)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33i) with griffin-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Provenance: Leu, December 1993
Previous collection: Bellaria; Khalili
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 33.3 variant (griffin-ended torque) [7 in db]
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 428 (this coin)
- Mitchiner ACW cf. 543 (for type)
- Shore 112
PDC 34340 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.16g 20mm 12h (PDC 34340)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii); circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 33.4 [345 in db]
- CNG E-Auction 141 (7 Jun 2006), lot 109 (this coin)
- Shore 113
PDC 10852 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.76g (PDC 10852)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii), horn removed; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 33.4 variant (missing horn on tiara) [1 in db]
- CNG eBay Product ID: 726489c (May 2001) (this coin)
- Shore 113
PDC 17950 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.16g (PDC 17950)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii); circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ in five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 33.4 variant (ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ in legend) [2 in db]
- Peus 374 (Apr 2003), Lot 142 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
PDC 19388 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.74g (PDC 19388)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33iii); circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.
- Sellwood 33.5 [12 in db]
- Berk 134th Buy or Bid Sale, lot 167 (this coin)
- Shore 116
PDC 20252 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.72g (PDC 20252)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii); circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Previous collection: Cunningham
Photo from Catalogue of the Coins of Parthia (BMC Parthia, 1903)
- Sellwood 33.6 [6 in db]
- BMC Parthia, p. 52, 66; plate 11, no. 9 (Phraates III?) (this coin)
PDC 16655 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.151g (PDC 16655)
Mint: Margiane
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii); circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΙΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΠΑΤΙΙ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΙΟΣ
Current collection: Smithsonian, 1979.1216.0075
Photo by Smithsonian Institution
- Sellwood 33.7 [1 in db]
Click here to help add this image Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
Billon Drachm 4.65g 18x17mm 12h (PDC 12139)
Mint: Margiane
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii); circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Note: Obv die recut over type 31
Previous collection: Private collection, Germany
Photo Loginov & Nikitin, "Parthian Coins from Margiana" (1996)
- Sellwood 33.7 obv mule with S31.6 rev [1 in db]
- Loginov & Nikitin, Parthian Coins from Margiana (1996), no. 18 (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AV Aureus 3.35g 18mm (PDC 11298)
Mint?
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii); circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line(?) Greek inscription = ΘΠΑ[ΤΟΡΟΣ?]
Note: appears to be a gold variant of Sellwood type 33.7 (from the Margiane mint or another further to the East). Pugachenkova and Rempel, "Tillia-tepe" (1991, p. 12) believe this coin to be a local imitation
Find spot: burial site 6 at Tillya-tepe. See Sarianidi & Koshelenko
Photo Sarianidi & Koshelenko, "Coins from ... Tillya-tepe Site" (1982)
- Sellwood 33.7 variant (gold) [1 in db]
- Tillya-tepe cat. no. 6.32 (this coin)
- Senior ISCH 194.3D (this coin)
- Senior ISCH p.145, reports a second specimen in Hamburg
PDC 21907 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous (PDC 21907)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33i); circular border of pellets
Rev: Pegasus flying right; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Previous collection: Bellaria
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 33.8 [8 in db]
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 1336-25 (this coin)
PDC 9016 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 3.85g 16.8mm 12h (PDC 9016)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii); circular border of pellets
Rev: Pegasus flying right; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Current collection: Institut für Numismatik und Geldgeschichte, Vienna, 8878
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 33.9 [5 in db]
PDC 27792 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 4.5g 17mm (PDC 27792)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33i); circular border of pellets
Rev: Pegasus flying right; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Canmoose Coins
- Sellwood 33.10 [3 in db]
- Shore 118
PDC 34793 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 3.10g 17mm 1h (PDC 34793)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii); circular border of pellets
Rev: Pegasus flying right; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Thomas K. Mallon, The Coins and History of Asia
- Sellwood 33.11 [7 in db]
PDC 30655 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 3.7g (PDC 30655)
Mint?
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii); circular border of pellets
Rev: Pegasus flying right; no border; six(?)-line Greek inscription
Photo by Haroon Tareen Collection
- Sellwood 33.11 variant (legend?) [1 in db]
PDC 3797 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 2.540g 18mm 12h (PDC 3797)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33ii); circular border of pellets
Rev: Pegasus flying right; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Previous collection: Dr. E. Herzfeld
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1944.100.82546
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 33.12 [8 in db]
PDC 27795 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 2.7g 14mm (PDC 27795)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (?); circular border of pellets
Rev: Nike walking right; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Canmoose Coins
- Sellwood 33.13 [9 in db]
- Shore 119
- Triton VIII (10 Jan 2005), lot 1994o (this coin)
PDC 3806 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 3.450g 16mm 12h (PDC 3806)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (?); circular border of pellets
Rev: Nike walking right; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Previous collection: Dr. E. Herzfeld
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1944.100.82547
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 33.13 variant (tetrachalkous) [1 in db]
PDC 402 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 2.50g 15x17mm (PDC 402)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (?); circular border of pellets
Rev: Nike walking right; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Photo by Thomas K. Mallon, The Coins and History of Asia
- Sellwood 33.14 [5 in db]
PDC 20256 Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 11mm (PDC 20256)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (?); circular border of pellets
Rev: a club; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΡΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Previous collection: Baron de Bode
Photo from Catalogue of the Coins of Parthia (BMC Parthia, 1903)
- Sellwood 33.15 [4 in db]
- BMC Parthia, p. 54, 89; plate 11, no. 13 (Phraates III?) (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 28073)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (?); circular border of pellets
Rev: palm; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
- Sellwood 33.16 [0 in db]
Click here to help add this image Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 28074)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (?); circular border of pellets
Rev: caduceus; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
- Sellwood 33.17 [0 in db]
Click here to help add this image Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 28075)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (?); circular border of pellets
Rev: Apollo standing right with bow and arrow; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
- Sellwood 33.18 [0 in db]
Click here to help add this image Gotarzes I (95-90 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 28076)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (?); circular border of pellets
Rev: goddess standing right with large plant; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ
- Sellwood 33.19 [0 in db]

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