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Rian Thum Collection

Interesting Parthia-related Coin Collection

The images on this page are used with the kind permission of Rian Thum, who sold his collection in September 2000.

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.

 

Parthia

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PDC 5794 Arsaces II (211-191 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.04g (PDC 5794)
Rev: ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 5.1
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 2 (this coin)
- Harlan J. Berk 20th CICF Auction (23 Mar 1995), lot 58 (this coin)
- Shore 3
PDC 5793 Arsaces II (211-191 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 3.7g (PDC 5793)
Rev: bow in case
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 6.2 variant (rev eagle standing r. on bull's head)
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 1 (this coin)
PDC 5795 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 5795)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 8.2
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 2a (this coin)
PDC 5796 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 5796)
Rev: Elephant
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 8.3
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 2b (this coin)
PDC 5797 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 7.0g 21mm (PDC 5797)
Rev: bow in case / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 12.11
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 3 (this coin)
PDC 5798 Unknown King I (80 B.C.)
AR Fourrée Drachm (PDC 5798)
Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 32.2 variant (fourrée; ΓΡ monogram)
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 4 (this coin)
PDC 5799 Sinatruces (77-70 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous (PDC 5799)
Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 34.9
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 4a (this coin)
PDC 5800 Darius (70 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous (PDC 5800)
Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 35.15
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 5 (this coin)
PDC 5801 Phraataces (2 B.C.-A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm 9.9g (PDC 5801)
Note: Double struck. Flan expanded and cracked during striking
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 56.1-5 variant (no year, crescent above Tyche)
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 6 (this coin)
PDC 5802 Artabanus II (A.D. 10-38)
Billon Drachm 3.2g, Mithradatkart (PDC 5802)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 63.13
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 7 (this coin)
PDC 5805 Osroes I (A.D. 109-129)
AE Dichalkous (PDC 5805)
Dated 439 ΘΛΥ (127 AD-128 AD)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 80.18
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 9 (this coin)
PDC 5803 Osroes I (A.D. 109-129)
AE Chalkous (PDC 5803)
Dated 432 ΒΛΥ (120 AD-121 AD)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 80.25
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 7a (this coin)
PDC 5804 Osroes I (A.D. 109-129)
AE Chalkous (PDC 5804)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 80.29
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 8 (this coin)
PDC 5806 Parthamaspates (A.D. 116)
AR Drachm (PDC 5806)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 81.1
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 10 (this coin)
PDC 5807 Parthamaspates (A.D. 116)
AR Drachm FALSE (PDC 5807)
Note: Modern forgery: plastic die slow pressure strike. Very high quality fake.
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 81.1 FALSE
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 10a (this coin)
PDC 5809 Vologases V (A.D. 191-208)
AR Drachm (PDC 5809)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 86.3
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 12 (this coin)
PDC 5808 Vologases V (A.D. 191-208)
AE Chalkous (PDC 5808)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 86.8
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 11 (this coin)
PDC 5811 Vologases VI (A.D. 208-228)
Billon Tetradrachm 13.8g (PDC 5811)
Dated 523 ΓΚΦ (211 AD-212 AD)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 88.6 (month off flan)
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 14 (this coin)
PDC 5810 Vologases VI (A.D. 208-228)
AR Drachm 3.7g (PDC 5810)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 88.19
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 13 (this coin)
PDC 5812 Artabanus IV (A.D. 216-224)
AR Drachm (PDC 5812)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 89.3
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 15 (this coin)
PDC 5813 Autonomous City Issue
AE Chalkous, Ecbatana (PDC 5813)
Dated 224 ΔΚΣ ΔΙΟΥ Α (BC 24)
Obv: Tyche with turreted crown (off-center, only crown visible)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 92.37
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 16 (this coin)
 

Dahae

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PDC 5819 Later kings of the Dahae
AR Drachm 0.9g (PDC 5819)
Struck BC 130-BC 131
Photo by Rian Thum
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 22 (this coin)
- Mitchiner 356
 

Elymais

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PDC 5816 Orodes I
AE AE14 2.9g 14mm (PDC 5816)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 19 (this coin)
- de Morgan 27
PDC 5817 Orodes I
AE AE Unit (PDC 5817)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 20 (this coin)
- de Morgan 58
 

Hatra

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PDC 5818 Tyche ?
AE AE Unit 11.8g (PDC 5818)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 21 (this coin)
 

Rome

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PDC 5823 Trajan
AE Sestertius (PDC 5823)
Rev: Trajan presenting Parthamaspates to personified Parthia / REX PARTHIS DATVS
Photo by Rian Thum
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 26 (this coin)
- RIC 667
- Superior auction (1994), lot ?? (this coin)
PDC 5824 Trajan
AE Sestertius (PDC 5824)
Rev: Trajan recieving Armenian kings / REGNA ADSIGNATA
Photo by Rian Thum
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 27 (this coin)
- RIC 666
PDC 5825 Caracalla
AR Denarius (PDC 5825)
Rev: VICT PART MAX
Photo by Rian Thum
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 28 (this coin)
- RIC 144b
PDC 5826 Caracalla
AR Denarius (PDC 5826)
Rev: VICT PARTHICA
Photo by Rian Thum
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 29 (this coin)
 

Sasanian

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PDC 5814 Ardashir I
Billon Tetradrachm 13.5g (PDC 5814)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 17 (this coin)
- Göbl, Sasanidische Numismatik (1968), cf. II/4a
PDC 5815 Ardashir I
AE Tetradrachm 13.7g (PDC 5815)
Photo by Rian Thum
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 18 (this coin)
 

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