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Monograms
Devices


Monograms

"Concerning the later monograms, Sellwood connects them with the various mint places in the Iranian part of the Parthian Empire. His identification of monograms from Ecbatana, Rhagae and Nysa seem highly plausible, but others are more doubtful. It is difficult for me to imagine two different mints, at Nysa and Mithradatkart, which is the citadel of Nysa, operating at the same time. The conception of separate mints, functioning for the city and for the garrison respectively, seems somehow too sophisticated for the Parthian administration. Another monogram has been identified by Sellwood as the mark of the "Court-mint" which followed the king on his travels.  Simonetta [Simonetta, B., "Sul probabile significato...", 1976] has suggested that this mint functioned as a "Camp-mint" during military expeditions only, but this implies an almost constant condition of war, as the monogram appears on all issues." [Mörkholm, "Greece to India", p. 92]

In SM 129 (Feb, 1983), pp. 2-4, Simonetta published two tetradrachms (of Orodes II and Phraates IV) whose monograms, he believes, indicate the dates of issue and do not represent die engravers. [Houghton, "Syria and the East", 1986, p. 195]

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Monograms
Source: Babelon, Traité, III, I, fasc I, p. 191

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