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Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)

ΦΡΑΑΤΑΚΗΣ

Phraataces was the son of Phraates IV and a slave given to the Parthian king by the Romans in 20 B.C. Augustus made a deal to obtain return the Roman legionary standards captured by the Parthians from Crassus at Carrhae in 53 B.C., Saxa in 40 B.C. and Marc Anthony in 36 B.C. Included in the exchange was the gift of the slave girl name at Carrhae in 53 B.C., Saxa in 40 B.C. and Marc Anthony in 36 B.C. Included in the exchange was the gift of the slave girl named Musa. In time, Musa was elevated as Phraates' queen. In 10 B.C., she persuaded Phraates IV to send his other sons to Rome for their safety. Cleared of any rivals to her son, she poisoned her husband in 2 B.C. in order for her son Phraataces to succeed his father on the throne. Phraataces married his mother Musa in A.D. 2 and began issuing coinage containing both of their portraits. Such a union was not unprecedented in certain eastern cultures but, at least for propaganda purposes, evidently horrified the Roman sensibilities. Orodes III overthrew them both and Phraataces fled to Syria in A.D. 4.

Coins with both Phraataces and Queen Musa's images are presented below. You can visit the Queen Musa biography page.

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Coins Attributed to Phraataces

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 56

Tetradrachms

PDC 9447Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 12.62g
Mint/ Seleucia, August, 2 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and beaded necklet with ornament, ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; no wart; circular border of dots
Rev/ male wearing diadem seated right on throne, extending right hand; to his right, Tyche stands left presenting wreath in right hand, and holding cornucopia in left; above her arm, Greek letters ΙΤ, below arm Greek letter Π and pellet; in exergue, Greek letters ΓΟΡΠΙΑΙΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ; no border
Location/ Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (Petrowicz plaster casts)
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 56.1
- Petrowicz p.100,2; pl.XV-1 (this coin)

PDC 10643Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm
Mint/ Seleucia, August, 2 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and beaded necklet with ornament, ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; no wart; circular border of dots
Rev/ male wearing diadem seated right on throne, extending right hand; to his right, Tyche stands left presenting wreath in right hand, and holding cornucopia in left; above her arm, Greek letters ΙΤ, below arm Greek letter Π; in exergue, Greek letters ΓΟΡΠΙΑΙΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ; no border
Photo/ by permission Cayón Jano SL
- Sellwood 56.1 variant (no pellet below Pi)
- Cayón Jano List 2001, Lot 82 (this coin)

PDC 5801Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm
Mint/ Seleucia, August, 2 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and beaded necklet with ornament, ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; no wart; circular border of dots
Rev/ male wearing diadem seated right on throne, extending right hand; to his right, Tyche stands left presenting wreath in right hand, and holding cornucopia in left; above her arm, Greek letters for date [ΙΤ] are missing, below arm no Greek letter; in exergue, Greek letters blundered; seven-line Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ; no border
Photo/ by permission Rian Thum
- Sellwood 56.1-5 variant (no year)

PDC 22769Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 10.18g
Mint/ Seleucia, July, 2 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and beaded necklet with ornament, ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; no wart; circular border of dots
Rev/ male wearing diadem seated right on throne, extending right hand; to his right, Tyche stands left presenting wreath in right hand, and holding cornucopia in left; above her arm, Greek letters ΙΤ, below arm no letter; in exergue, Greek letters ΟΛΩΙΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ; no border
Photo/ by permission Gorny & Mosch
- Sellwood 56.2
- Gorny & Mosch Auktion 130, lot 1427 (this coin)

PDC 21590Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 13.11g
Mint/ Seleucia, September, 2 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and beaded necklet with ornament, ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; no wart; circular border of dots
Rev/ male wearing diadem seated right on throne, extending right hand; to his right, Tyche stands left presenting wreath in right hand, and holding cornucopia in left; above her arm, Greek letters ΙΤ, below arm Greek letter Α; in exergue, Greek letters ΥΠΕΡΒΕΡΕΤ; seven-line Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ; no border
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 56.3
- BMC Parthia, p.136, 1 variant (legend)
- J. Vinchon 7 (22-23 May 1995), lot 164 (this coin)
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 465 (this coin)

No image availablePhraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm
Mint/ Seleucia, April, 2 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and beaded necklet with ornament, ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; no wart; circular border of dots
Rev/ male wearing diadem seated right on throne, extending right hand; to his right, Tyche stands left presenting wreath in right hand, and holding cornucopia in left; above her arm, Greek letters ΙΤ, below arm no letter; in exergue, Greek letters ΑΡΤΕΜΙΖΙ (?); seven-line Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ; no border
Photo/ none available
- Sellwood 56.4

No image availablePhraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm
Mint/ Seleucia, December, 3 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and beaded necklet with ornament, ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; no wart; circular border of dots
Rev/ male wearing diadem seated right on throne, extending right hand; to his right, Tyche stands left presenting wreath in right hand, and holding cornucopia in left; above her arm, Greek letters ΙΤ, below arm no letter; in exergue, Greek letters ΑΥΔΥ (?); seven-line Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ; no border
Photo/ none available
- Sellwood 56.5


Drachms

PDC 27252Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.80 g, 20 mm, die axis = 12h
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ by permission Bob Rives
- Sellwood 56.6

PDC 17897Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.65g
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, Greek letter Δ; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ by permission Najaf Coins & Collectibles Inc.
- Sellwood 56.6-13 variant (Δ behind archer)

PDC 42520Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.97g
Mint/ Kangavar?, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, Greek letter Κ; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ by permission Najaf Coins & Collectibles Inc.
- Sellwood 56.6-13 variant (K behind archer)

PDC 2983Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.78g
Mint/ Kangavar?, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, K (retrograde Greek letter Κ); below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 56.6-13 variant (retrograde Κ behind archer)
- CNG 36, lot 321 (this coin)
- Shore 321 (this coin)

PDC 4769Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.86 g
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; star behind archer; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ by permission Dr. Busso Peus
- Sellwood 56.7
- Peus Auktion 363, Lot 5160 (this coin)
- Shore 318

PDC 7008Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.60g
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; star (as a + mark) behind archer; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Note/ cast of this coin is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (Petrowicz plaster casts)
Photo/ by permission Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford
- Sellwood 56.7 variant (star as +)
- BMC Parthia, p.132,260 (Phraates IV)
- Petrowicz, p.97,119; pl.XIV-15 (this coin)
- Seaby Bulletin, Sept 1959, A880 (this coin)

PDC 11002Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.6g
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, Greek letter Τ; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ by permission Ancient Auction House
- Sellwood 56.8

PDC 10556Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.7g, 19
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, Greek letter Ι; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ by permission Ancient Imports
- Sellwood 56.9

PDC 5705Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.67g
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, Greek letter Ο; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 56.10
- CNG 55 (Sep 2000), lot 760c (this coin)
- Shore 317

No image availablePhraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; crescent behind archer; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ none available
- Sellwood 56.11

No image availablePhraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, monogram [~~]; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ none available
- Sellwood 56.12

PDC 417Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 2.77 g, 20 x 16 mm, die axis = 12h
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, a fire altar; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ by permission Thomas K. Mallon, The Coins and History of Asia
- Sellwood 56.13
- CNG 36, lot 319 (this coin)
- Shore 319 (this coin)

PDC 18784Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, a fire altar with crescent above; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ by permission Robert Nemere
- Sellwood 56.13 variant (crescent above fire altar)

PDC 16740Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 2.650g
Mint/ Mithradatkart, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, a fire altar with star above; below bow, monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Location/ Smithsonian Institution, no. 1979.1216.0118
Photo/ by permission Smithsonian Institution, National Numismatic Collection
- Sellwood 56.13 variant (star above fire altar)

No image availablePhraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm
Mint/ Nisa, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΝΙ; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ none available
- Sellwood 56.14

PDC 2982Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 2.68g
Mint/ Nisa, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; in front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΝΙ (where Ν is retrograde); seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 56.14 variant (retrograde Ν)
- CNG 36, lot 320 (this coin)
- Shore 320 (this coin)


Chalkoi

PDC 9427 reversePhraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AE Chalkous, 0.95g
Mint/ Mint ?, undated
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem; spiral torque[?]; wart[?]; star only; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ large Χ surrounded by a fragmentary legend
Location/ Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (Petrowicz plaster casts)
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 56.15
- Petrowicz p.98,125; pl.XIV-18 (Phraates IV) (this coin)
 

Sellwood Type 57

Tetradrachms

PDC 11709Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 14.53g
Mint/ Seleucia, March, 1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical), in exergue, Greek letters [ΞΑ]ΝΔΙΚΟ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Gorny & Mosch
- Sellwood 57.1-9 variant (month ΞΑΝΔΙΚΟ, pellet under throne)
- Gorny & Mosch Auktion 113, lot 5311 (this coin)
- Le Rider SDT, cf. 523

PDC 20874Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 9.66g
Mint/ Seleucia, 2-1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical); under throne, pellet;  in exergue, Greek letters in exergue off flan; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Dr. Busso Peus
- Sellwood 57.1-9 variant (pellet under throne) (month off flan)
- Peus 374 (Apr 2003), Lot 158 (this coin)
- Peus 376 (Oct 2003), Lot 700 (this coin)

PDC 21593Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 9.78g
Mint/ Seleucia, 2-1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical); under throne, crescent;  in exergue, Greek letters in exergue off flan; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 57.1-9 variant (crescent under throne) (month off flan)
- Sotheby's (5-6 October 1989), lot 43 (this coin)
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 468 (this coin)

PDC 15076Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 14.05g, 27mm
Mint/ Seleucia, December, 2 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical), in exergue, Greek letters ΑΥΔΝΑΙΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Duane Pichler
- Sellwood 57.2

PDC 20875Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 9.36g
Mint/ Seleucia, February, 1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical), in exergue, Greek letters ΔΥΣΤΡΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 57.3
- Peus 376 (Oct 2003), Lot 701 (this coin)

PDC 24624Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 9.30g
Mint/ Seleucia, April, 1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical), in exergue, Greek letters ΑΡΤΕΜΙΣΙΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 57.4
- BMC Parthia, pg. 137, 5
- CNG 66 (19 May 2004), lot 796 (this coin)

PDC 14752Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 10.15g
Mint/ Seleucia, May, 1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical), in exergue, Greek letters ΔΑΙΣΙΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 57.5
- CNG 61 (Sep 2002), lot 907 (this coin)
- Shore 314

PDC 14326Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 14.25g
Mint/ Seleucia, June, 1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical), in exergue, Greek letters ΠΑΝΗΜΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Malter Galleries
- Sellwood 57.6

PDC 24320Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 9.90g, 26mm
Mint/ Seleucia, July, 1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical), in exergue, Greek letters ΟΛΩΙΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 57.7

PDC 15965Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm
Mint/ Seleucia, July, 1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; above bow, crescent; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical), in exergue, Greek letters ΟΛΩΙΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Ephesus Numismatics
- Sellwood 57.7 variant (crescent above bow)

PDC 24482Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 9.94g
Mint/ Seleucia, August, 1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical), in exergue, Greek letters ΓΟΡΠΙΑΙΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Frank L. Kovacs
- Sellwood 57.8
- Kovacs XVI (29 Sep 2004), lot 194 (this coin)

PDC 22771Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 13.70g
Mint/ Seleucia, September, 1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves, hair above diadem as ringlets, below as three waves; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne with back, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical), in exergue, Greek letters ΥΠΕΡΒΕΡΕΤΑΙΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Gorny & Mosch
- Sellwood 57.9
- Gorny & Mosch 130, lot 1429 (this coin)

PDC 780Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm
Mint/ Seleucia, 2-1 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; five formal rows of curls with no ear visible; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on backless throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (vertical), Greek letters in exergue off flan; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Kenneth W. Dorney, Classical Numismatist
- Sellwood 57.10-12 variant (year date vertical, month off flan)

PDC 31556Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 10.79g, 26mm, 12h
Mint/ Seleucia, 3-2 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; five formal rows of curls with no ear visible; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on backless throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΙΤ (horizontal), expected Greek letters of month in exergue are absent; seven-line Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕ[ΩΣ] / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩ[Ν] // ΑΡΣΑΚΟ[Υ] / ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟ[Υ] / ΔΙΚΑΙΟ[Υ] // [Ε]ΠΙΦΑΝΟ[ΥΣ] / [ΦΙ]ΛΗΛΛΗΝ[ΟΣ] with a clearly misspelled ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ; no border
Note/ year 310 SE is an unpublished date for this type
Photo/ photo by Chris Hopkins
Additional photo/ by permission Najaf Coins & Collectibles Inc.
- Sellwood 57.10-12 variant (year date 310, month absent)

PDC 26946Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 13.31g
Mint/ Seleucia, November, 2 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; hair covers ear; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on backless throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (horizontal), in exergue, Greek letters ΑΠΕΛΛ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Malter Galleries
- Sellwood 57.11
- Malter Galleries 86 (14 Nov 2004), lot 573 (this coin)

PDC 29603Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 12.62g, 28mm
Mint/ Seleucia, November, 2 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; hair covers ear; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on backless throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (horizontal), in exergue, Greek letters ΑΠΕΛ[Λ]; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Photo/ by permission Pars Coins
- Sellwood 57.11 variant (pellet under throne)

PDC 9096Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 10.35g, 12h
Mint/ Seleucia, December, 2 B.C.
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; hair covers ear; wart visible on forehead; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on backless throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΑΙΤ (horizontal), in exergue, Greek letters ΑΥΔ; seven-line Greek inscription (L57i); no border
Location/ Institut für Numismatik und Geldgeschichte, Vienna, no. 9010
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 57.12


Drachms

PDC 23913Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Drachm, 3.71g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram monogram 26; seven-line Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ; no border
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 57.13

PDC 608Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Drachm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Additional images/[large obv & rev]
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram monogram 26; seven-line Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ; no border
Location/ Smithsonian Institution, no. 1979.1216.0119
Photo/ by permission Smithsonian Institution, National Numismatic Collection
- Sellwood 57.13

PDC 20442Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AE Drachm, 18mm
Mint/ Margiane, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter Π; seven-line Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ; no border
Note/ a "copper drachm"
Photo/ BMC Parthia
- Sellwood 57.14
- BMC Parthia, p.138, 15, plate 23, no. 13 (Phraataces) (this coin)


Chalkoi

PDC 9687Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AE Chalkous, 2.09g, 15mm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ king right on horseback; in front, Greek letter Α; no inscription; circular border of dots
Location/ Bibliothèque nationale de France, no. nc 718
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 57.15

PDC 9692Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AE Chalkous, 1.76g, 14mm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ three-quarter length figure of Tyche standing left at altar holding palm; no inscription; no border
Location/ Bibliothèque nationale de France, no. JdM 551
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 57.16

PDC 9690Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AE Chalkous, 1.30g, 13mm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ Tyche seated left; no inscription; no border
Location/ Bibliothèque nationale de France, no. nc 721
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 57.17

PDC 9709Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AE Chalkous, 1.28g, 12mm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ Tyche seated left; behind, monogram 41; no inscription; no border
Location/ Bibliothèque nationale de France, no. nc 731
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 57.17 variant (reverse monogram)

PDC 9698Phraataces (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AE Chalkous, 1.94g, 12mm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ star above crescent; no inscription; no border
Location/ Bibliothèque nationale de France, no. JdM 552
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 57.18
 


Coins Attributed to Phraataces & Musa

Sellwood Type 58

Note: Sellwood omitted type 58.7. The convention is to not catalog any coins as 58.7 since renumbering the subtypes can only lead to confusion.

Tetradrachms

PDC 2985Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm 10.11g
Mint/ Seleucia, monogram for month?
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; wart visible on forehead; in front, Nike flying right with diadem; circular inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ; on diadem pendant, Greek letters illgible; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa right wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; on diadem pendant, Greek monogram?; in front, Nike flying left with diadem; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΕΣ; circular border of dots
Photo/ Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 58 type variant (month monogram, year illegible)
- CNG 36, lot 323 (this coin)
- Shore 323 (this coin)

PDC 28433Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm
Mint/ Seleucia, March, A.D. 1
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; wart visible on forehead; in front, Nike flying right with diadem; circular inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΒΙΤ; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa right wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΞΑΝ; in front, Nike flying left with diadem; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛ[ΙΣΣΕΣ]
Photo/ by permission Najaf Coins & Collectibles Inc.
- Sellwood 58.1

No image availablePhraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm
Mint/ Seleucia, March, A.D. 2
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; wart visible on forehead; in front, Nike flying right with diadem; circular inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΓΙΤ; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa right wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΞΑ; in front, Nike flying left with diadem; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΕΣ; circular border of dots
Photo/ none available
- Sellwood 58.2

No image availablePhraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm
Mint/ Seleucia, March, A.D. 2
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; wart visible on forehead; in front, Nike flying right with diadem; circular inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΓΙΤ; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa right wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΟΛΩ; in front, Nike flying left with diadem; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ; circular border of dots
Photo/ none available
- Sellwood 58.3

PDC 22773Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 14.29g
Mint/ Seleucia, March, A.D. 2
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; wart visible on forehead; in front, Nike flying right with diadem; circular inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΔΙΤ; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa right wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΞΑΝ; in front, Nike flying left with diadem; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛ[ΙΣΣΕΣ]
Photo/ by permission Gorny & Mosch
- Sellwood 58.4
- Gorny & Mosch 130, lot 1431 (this coin)

PDC 21595Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 12.63g
Mint/ Seleucia, May, A.D. 2
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; wart visible on forehead; in front, Nike flying right with diadem; circular inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΓΙΤ; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa right wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΔΙΑ; in front, Nike flying left with diadem; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛ[ΙΣΣΕΣ]
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 58.4-6 variant (month ΔΙΑ)
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 470 (this coin)

PDC 17967Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 12.45g
Mint/ Seleucia, July, A.D. 3
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; wart visible on forehead; in front, Nike flying right with diadem; circular inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΔΙΤ; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa right wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΟΥ; in front, Nike flying left with diadem; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛ[ΙΣΣΕΣ]
Photo/ by permission Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 58.5
- Peus 374 (Apr 2003), Lot 159 (this coin)

PDC 6517Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 12.74g, 29mm
Mint/ Seleucia, July, A.D. 3
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; wart visible on forehead; in front, Nike flying right with diadem; circular inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΔΙΤ; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa right wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΟΥ; in front, Nike flying left with diadem; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛ[ΙΣΣΕΣ]
Location/ Bibliothèque nationale de France, no. nc 708
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 58.5 variant (form of month date)

PDC 20882Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm, 9.90g
Mint/ Seleucia, September, A.D. 3
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; wart visible on forehead; in front, Nike flying right with diadem; circular inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΔΙΤ; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa right wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΥΠΕ; in front, Nike flying left with diadem; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛ[ΙΣΣΕΣ]
Photo/ by permission Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 58.6
- Peus 376 (Oct 2003), Lot 705 (this coin)


Note: Sellwood omitted type 58.7.

No image availablePhraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Tetradrachm
Mint/ Seleucia, September, A.D. 4
Obv/ bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; ear visible, hair above diadem as ringlets; wart visible on forehead; in front, Nike flying right with diadem; circular inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΕΙΤ; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa right wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; on diadem pendant, Greek letters ΥΠΕΡ; in front, Nike flying left with diadem; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛ[ΙΣΣΕΣ]
Photo/ none available
- Sellwood 58.8


Drachms

ForgeryPhraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4) Modern Forgery
Click on the coin image at left to see a Sellwood type 58 silver drachm forgery

PDC 23914Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Drachm, 3.88g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa left wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; in front, monogram 26; two-line Greek inscription [ΘΕΑΣ] ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ [ΜΟ]ΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣ[ΕΣ]; no border
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 58.9

PDC 3644Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Drachm, 3.8 g, 20 mm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Additional images/ [study image obv]
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa left wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; in front, monogram 26; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑ[Σ] [ΜΟΥΣΗΣ] ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣ[ΕΣ]; no border
Photo/ E. Rtveladze, The Ancient Coins of Central Asia (1987)
- Sellwood 58.9
- Rtveladze 12 (this coin)

PDC 6523Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AE Drachm, 4.46g, 21mm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa left wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; in front, monogram 26; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΕΣ; no border
Note/ a "copper drachm"
Location/ Bibliothèque nationale de France, no. Y 19952
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 58.9 variant (copper)

PDC 16051Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Drachm, 3.86g
Mint/ Rhagae, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa left wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; in front, monogram 29 (ΡΓ) ; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΕΣ; no border
Photo/ by permission Gorny & Mosch
- Sellwood 58.10
- Gorny & Mosch Auktion 108 (Apr 2001), lot 1392 (this coin)

PDC 21597Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AR Drachm, 4.02g
Mint/ Rhagae, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa left wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; in front, monogram 29 (ΡΓ); two-line Greek inscription ?; no border
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 58.10 variant (legend)
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 472 (this coin)

PDC 9668Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.31g
Mint/ Susa, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and beaded necklet; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa left wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; in front, palm branch; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑΣ ΜΟΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΕΣ; no border
Location/ Bibliothèque nationale de France, no. FdS 216,2 / R 2306; acq. 1961
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 58.11

PDC 13441Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.14g, 17mm, 12h
Mint/ Susa, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and beaded necklet(?); no wart; in front, crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa left wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; in front, no symbol; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΜΟΥΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ; no border
Photo/ by permission Bob Rives
- Sellwood 58.12 variant (obverse crescent)

PDC 25224Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
Billon Drachm, 3.56g
Mint/ Susa, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and beaded necklet(?); no wart; in front, crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa left wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; in front, no symbol; two-line Greek inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΜΟΥΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ; no border
Photo/ by permission Pars Coins
- Sellwood 58.12 variant (obverse crescent)


Chalkoi

PDC 9700Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4)
AE Chalkous, 1.68g, 15mm
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; no wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev/ bust of Musa left wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; no monogram; no inscription; no border
Location/ Bibliothèque nationale de France, no. JdM 554
Photo/ by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 58.13
 

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