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Interregnal Issue (c. 127-125 B.C.)

Coins Issued during the Interregnal Period

The American Numismatic Society coin cabinet is reported to have a drachm of this issue, one of only two known.

The Sellwood type 18 is either an interregnal issue posthumously struck in the image of Mithradates I following the death of Phraates II, or it belongs to a "real" Parthian king who reigned for a few months before Artabanus I.

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Coins in the name of Arsaces
Attributed to an Interregnal King

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 18

PDC 12343 Interregnal Issue (127-125 B.C.)
AR Tetradrachm 16.26g (PDC 12343)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Obv: long-bearded bust right, wearing diadem; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: Demeter enthroned left, in extended right hand holds Nike, who crowns her to right; in left hand, cornucopia with fruits; nereid supporting throne; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 18.1 [68 in db]
- Triton V (Jan 2002), lot 1566 (this coin)
- Le Rider, Suse sous les Séleucides et les Parthes (1965), pl.LXXI,1-2
- Shore not listed
PDC 12352 Interregnal Issue (127-125 B.C.)
AR Tetradrachm 16.18g (PDC 12352)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Dated 187 ΖΠΡ (BC 126-BC 125)
Obv: long-bearded bust right, wearing diadem; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: Demeter enthroned left, in extended right hand holds Nike, who crowns her to right; in left hand, cornucopia with fruits; nereid supporting throne; in field left, Greek letter Θ, date ΖΠΡ in exergue; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 18.1 variant (letter Θ and date ΖΠΡ) [4 in db]
- Triton V (Jan 2002), lot 1575 (this coin)
- Sotheby's L00575 (May 25 2000), lot 25 (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Interregnal Issue (127-125 B.C.)
AR Tetradrachm (PDC 29002)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust right, wearing diadem; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: Apollo seated left on omphalos, in right hand holds palm branch; in left hand, bow resting on ground; circular border of pellets; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 18.2 [2 in db]
- G.R.F. Assar, "History and Coinage of Elymais During 150/149 – 122/121 BC", Plate XIX, 1 (Internet, March 2005) (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Interregnal Issue (127-125 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 28002)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust right, wearing diadem; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: bow in case; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 18.3 [2 in db]
- Sellwood ICP (1980), type 18.3 (this coin)

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