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Unattributed #28 (PDC 24991)

PDC 24991Kushano-Sasanian, late 3rd cent. A.D.?
AE 15 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bare-headed bust right
Rev/ reverse a man with ?, seated left on omphalos
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
Note: improved photo posted 19 Jun 2004
- reference?


Unattributed #29 (PDC 24992)

PDC 24992Mithradates I? (c. 171 - 138 B.C.)
AE 19 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing bashlyk (portrait is S7 Arsaces II ?)
Rev/ horse walking right, legend either off-flan or illegible
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 8.2 ?


Unattributed #30 (PDC 24993)

PDC 24993Mithradates I? (c. 171 - 138 B.C.)
AE 13 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing bashlyk (but portrait is not Mithradates?)
Rev/ elephant standing right
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 8.3 ?


Unattributed #31 (PDC 24994)

PDC 24994Orodes II? (c. 57 - 38 B.C.)
AR Drachm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ diademed bust left
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow; Greek inscription Sellwood legend iii ?; unrecorded monogram (a "sigma"?)
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 43 type ?


Unattributed #32 (PDC 24995)

PDC 24995Elymais, Prince B (ca. AD 200)?
AE Drachm 16 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ draped and bearded diademed bust left with hair in bunches
Rev/ Pallas standing left with spear and shield
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Mitchiner ACW, 723 variant (Pallas right)


Unattributed #33 (PDC 25011)

PDC 25011Mithradates I? (c. 171 - 138 B.C.)
AE 14 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bare-headed bust right
Rev/ bearded bust right in bashlyk; inscription illegible
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector; additional photo posted 19 Jun 2004
- Sellwood 12.13, .17, .18 or .23 ?


Unattributed #34 (PDC 25012)

PDC 25012Mithradates I? (c. 171 - 138 B.C.)
AE 22 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bare-headed bust right (but note drape? behind neck)
Rev/ Nike driving biga right
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 12.9 or .14 ? or S12.9 variant without obverse symbol?


Unattributed #35 (PDC 25013)

PDC 25013Phraates IV? (c. 38 - 2 B.C.)
AR or billon Drachm
Mint/ Sacaraucae imitation of AR Drachm?
Obv/ diademed bust left; countermark on shoulder of head right wearing crested helmet of Bactrian style, beaded border
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow; Greek inscription? monogram?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 91.13 variant?; countermark appears to have been punched on the coin (the reverse under the countermark seems to have been obliterated)
- Shore cf. 472


Unattributed #36 (PDC 25014)

PDC 25014Indo-Parthian?
AE 14 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bare-headed bust left
Rev/ Archer to right. with rudimentary Greek text left and right
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- reference?


Unattributed #37 (PDC 25015)

PDC 25015Sinatruces ? (c. 77 - 70 B.C.)
AE 14 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing tiara
Rev/ Artemis standing left with bow?, with stag at side?; Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / [ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ] / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ (Sellwood legend 34i, but exergue off flan)
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 34.10 ?
- cf. G. Le Rider, Suse sous les Seleucides et les Parthes (Paris 1965), pp. 97-98, nos. 176 (this variety)-178, and Pl. XVI, nos. 176.1 and 176.2 (both at Paris, Bibl. Nationale). All are attributed to Phraates III by Le Rider.


Unattributed #38 (PDC 25020)

PDC 25020Phraates IV ? (c. 38 - 2 B.C.)
AE 15 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing tiara
Rev/ dog? (or lion?) standing right with Mithradatkart monogram before; expected Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ (Sellwood legend 51ii)?
Additional images/ bleached image for inscription clarity
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 51.51 ?


Unattributed #39 (PDC 25090)

PDC 25090Orodes II ? (c. 57 - 38 B.C.)
AE 14 mm
Mint/ Mithradatkart
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem, behind a crescent, in front a star
Rev/ stag standing right, legend, in front monogram Mithradatkart
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 47.38


Unattributed #40 (PDC 25091)

PDC 25091Phraates IV (c. 38 - 2 B.C.)
AE 15 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem
Rev/ lion standing right; legend; in front monogram Mithradatkart
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 51.51


Unattributed #41 (PDC 25198)

PDC 25198Mithradates I (c. 171 - 138 B.C.)
AE 19 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing bashlyk
Rev/ goddess standing left?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 7.2 variant


Unattributed #42 (PDC 25199)

PDC 25199Arsaces II (c. 211 - 191 B.C.)
AE 17 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing bashlyk
Rev/ bow case with MT monogram (?) to the left
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 6.2 or S6.2 variant (with MT monogram?)
- cf. Lanz 102 (May 2001), lot 310


Unattributed #43 (PDC 25200)

PDC 25200Mithradates I (c. 171 - 138 B.C.)
AE weight?, 19 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing bashlyk
Rev/ horse walking right
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 8.2


Unattributed #44 (PDC 25201)

PDC 25201Mithradates I (c. 171 - 138 B.C.)
AE 18 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing bashlyk
Rev/ ibex or stag (?) right
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 8.2 variant (rev. ibex?)


Unattributed #45 (PDC 25202)

PDC 25202Phraates III ?
AE 16 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem
Rev/ Pegasus; apparently the monogram MT-Theta (Mithradatkart) above the Pegasus, to the left
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 43.13 variant (rev. monogram)


Unattributed #46 (PDC 25262)

PDC 25262Vologases III ? (c. A.D. 105 - 147)
AE weight?, 12 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem
Rev/ monogram ?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector


Unattributed #47 (PDC 25263)

PDC 25263Mithradates II ? (c. 138 - 127 B.C.)
AE 15 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem
Rev/ ?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 27 type?


Unattributed #48 (PDC 25264)

PDC 25264Vardanes I ? (c. A.D. 40 - 47)
AE weight?, 8 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem
Rev/ monogram MT Theta
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 64.39 variant?


Unattributed #49 (PDC 25265)

PDC 25265Artabanus II ? (c. A.D. 10 - 38)
Billon Drachm, 22 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem
Rev/ ?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 62.6-11 ?


Unattributed #50 (PDC 25266)

PDC 25266Orodes II ? (c. 57 - 38 B.C.)
AE 15 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem
Rev/ ?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 45 type? (cf. 47.43)


Unattributed #51 (PDC 25454)

PDC 25454Phraates IV (c. 38 - 2 B.C.)
AR Drachm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem, segmented necklet, eagle behind head
Rev/ archer seated right with bow, monogram below bow, behind throne O
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 52.32


Unattributed #52 (PDC 25455)

PDC 25455Orodes I or Sinatruces ?
AE 14 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing tiara
Rev/ ?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 51.51 ?


Unattributed #53 (PDC 25456)

PDC 25456Mithradates I ? (c. 171 - 138 B.C.)
AE 26 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust right wearing diadem
Rev/ ?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 12 ?


Unattributed #54 (PDC 25457)

PDC 25457Mithradates II (c. 123 - 88 B.C.)
AR weight ?
Mint/ ?
Obv/ long-bearded bust left wearing tiara, torque end a sea-horse
Rev/ archer seated right with bow, five-line legend
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 28.6-7 ?


Unattributed #55 (PDC 25458)

PDC 25458Phraates IV (c. 38 - 2 B.C.)
AE 15 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem, pointed beard, wart on brow, no symbols
Rev/ monogram similar to Shore no. 13 and Mithradatkart, legend around
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 51 type ?


Unattributed #56 (PDC 25459)

PDC 25459Parthia ? Caria ?
Person ?

AE 17 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing tiara? bashlyk?
Rev/ tripod?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood ?


Unattributed #57 (PDC 25460)

PDC 25460Elymais
Orodes IV

AE 16 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem; legend before the obv bust wrwd MLK'
Rev/ bust left wearing diadem
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Ref De Morgan 56, Alram 490, BMC 28.282.1, Sear 5916


Unattributed #58 (PDC 25566)

PDC 25566Parthia
Person ?

AE 14 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left
Rev/ man with hat?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- reference ?


Unattributed #59 (PDC 25567)

PDC 25567Parthia
Mithradates II
(c. 123 - 88 B.C.)
AE 16 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing tiara
Rev/ Pegasus flying right
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 28.9


Unattributed #60 (PDC 25568)

PDC 25568Parthia
Vologases IV
(c. A.D. 147 - 191)
AE 17 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing tiara
Rev/ anchor?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood type 84 ?


Unattributed #61 (PDC 25569)

PDC 25569Parthia
Phraates IV
(c. 38 - 2 B.C.)
AE 15 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem, pointed beard, wart on brow, no symbols
Rev/ six pointed starand monogram Mithradatkart, legend around
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 51 type


Unattributed #62 (PDC 25570)

PDC 25570Parthia
Artabanus II
(c. A.D. 10 - 38)
AE 12 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem
Rev/ two monograms: anchor (?) left, monogram Mithradatkart right
Note/ Reverse seems to fit into the pattern of type 63.32- 63.33 (object left, Mithradatkart mintmark right). 63.32 is listed as a tree left, while 63.33 is a pomegranate. The mystery object doesn't look much like a tree (or the suggested anchor) to me, and is definitely not a pomegranate. If I had to guess, I'd say it could be a poorly-rendered tree and thus Sell. 63.32, or is it a -- a cup?.
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 63.32 ?


Unattributed #63 (PDC 25571)

PDC 25571Parthia
Person ?

AE 23 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem
Rev/ Tyche standing right?
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- reference ?


Unattributed #64 (PDC 25572)

PDC 25572Parthia
Mithradates III
(c. 57 - 54 B.C.)
AE 14 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bust left wearing diadem
Rev/ Pegasus flying right
Note/ Sellwood lists this sub-type as a tetrachalkoi only, so this denomination may mark a new variant denomination
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 41.18


Unattributed #65 (PDC 25573)

PDC 25573Parthia
Mithradates II
(c. 123 - 88 B.C.)
AE 17 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ bearded bust left wearing diadem, no monogram visible
Rev/ horse head right, four line legend, guide lines
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 24 type; BMC Parthia Pl VII, 2


Unattributed #66 (PDC 25574)

PDC 25574Parthia
Mithradates II
(c. 123 - 88 B.C.)
AE 17 mm
Mint/ ?
Obv/ long-bearded bust left wearing diadem
Rev/ Pegasus flying right, legend i or ii
Photo/ by permission Sasan, an Iranian collector
- Sellwood 27.7-8, Shore 93
 


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