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Osroes II (c. A.D. 190)

ΧΟΣΡΟΗΣ or ΧΩΣΡΟΗΣ

See the genealogy chart.

Click here to view the inscriptions on this king's coins.

See the article, " Identifying Look-alike Parthian Bronzes : Differentiating the Bronze Coins of Osroes II (c. A.D. 190) and Artabanus IV (c. A.D. 216 - 224)."


Coins Attributed to Osroes II

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 85

ObverseOsroes II (c. A.D. 190)
AR Drachm, 3.55 gm, 19 mm, die axis = 11h
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with long, tapered beard wearing tiara with ear flap and pellets on crest and vertically on side of diadem with loops and four pendant ends; segmented necklet
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram Shore 88. Blundered Greek legend with top line in Aramaic (Shore type 3) with name of Osroes
Photo/ by permission Thomas K. Mallon, The Coins and History of Asia
- Sellwood 85.1
- Shore 437

PDC 7351Osroes II (c. A.D. 190)
AR Drachm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with long, tapered beard wearing tiara with ear flap and pellets on crest and vertically on side of diadem with loops and four pendant ends; segmented necklet
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram. Blundered Greek legend with top line in Aramaic (off flan) with name of Osroes
Photo/ by permission Serge Nechayev
- Sellwood 85.1

ObverseOsroes II (c. A.D. 190)
AR Drachm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with long, tapered beard wearing tiara with ear flap and pellets on crest and vertically on side of diadem with loops and four pendant ends; segmented necklet
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram Shore 88. Blundered Greek legend with top line in Aramaic (Shore type 3) with name of Osroes
Photo/ by permission Jim Farr
- Sellwood 85.1 variant

ObverseOsroes II (c. A.D. 190)
AR Drachm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with long, tapered beard wearing tiara with ear flap and pellets on crest and vertically on side of diadem with loops and four pendant ends; segmented necklet
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram Shore 88. Blundered Greek legend with top line in Aramaic (Shore type 3) with name of Osroes
Prov/ from the Mendel Peterson collection
Photo/ by permission Gene Brandenburg, Old Town Coins,
- Sellwood 85

ObverseOsroes II (c. A.D. 190)
AR Drachm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Additional images/ [large obv & rev]
Obv/ bust left with long, tapered beard wearing tiara with ear flap and pellets on crest and vertically on side of diadem with loops and four pendant ends; segmented necklet
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram Shore 88, above bow pellet. Blundered Greek legend with top line in Aramaic (Shore type 3) with name of Osroes
Photo/ by permission Smithsonian Institution, National Numismatic Collection
- Sellwood 85.2

PDC 8022Osroes II (c. A.D. 190)
AE Chalkous 1.3 g, 10 mm, axis = 1h
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left, long pointed beard, wearing tiara with pellets on crest and vertically on side, four pendant ends to diadem, segmented necklet
Rev/ horned sheep galloping (?) left, circular dotted border
Note/ due to condition, portrait of the king is ambiguous; it could be Artabanus IV (Sellwood 89.6)
Note 2/ Sellwood and Shore have the sheep galloping, but SNG Copenhagen describes it as reclining and their plate supports this description
Photo/ by permission Gary Werner
- Sellwood 85.5
- BMC pl. 36, 12 (Artabanus V)
- cf. Shore 441 (Osroes II)
- cf. SNG Cop. 249 (Artabanus V)
- cf. Petrowitz pl. 23, 13 (Artavasdes)
- MACW not listed

Unlisted Type

No image availableOsroes II (c. A.D. 190)
AR Drachm
Mint/ unknown, undated
Obv/ bust left with long, tapered beard wearing tiara with ear flap and pellets on crest and vertically on side of diadem with loops and four pendant ends; segmented necklet
Rev/ three horizontal lines legend: first line is Aramaic (Shore type 3) with name of Osroes, second and third lines are blundered Greek
Note/ Shore maintains that this drachm is unique
- Shore 440 (this coin)

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