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Phraates III (c. 70 - 57 B.C.)

ΦΡΑΑΤΗΣ

He was the son of Sinatruces. See the genealogy chart.

If one of the ostraca of Nisa has been read properly, this may be the Arsaces in the year 180 Parthian Era (68 - 67 B.C.) referred to as a descendent of Phriapatius, but the inscription is damaged and incomplete. [Frye, History (1984), p. 209]

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Coins in the name of Arsaces attributed to Phraates III

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 38

Note that Sellwood omitted several subtypes. There are no entries for S38.18 and S38.28

PDC 20237 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Tetradrachm 12.88g (PDC 20237)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter Β; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Lynch
Photo from Catalogue of the Coins of Parthia (BMC Parthia, 1903)
- Sellwood 38.1 [4 in db]
- BMC Parthia, p. 45, 1; plate 10, no. 8 (Phraates III) (this coin)
PDC 34799 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.12g 22mm 1h (PDC 34799)
Mint?
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no monogram below bow; no border; seven-line Greek inscription
Note: Odd style; imitation?
Photo by Thomas K. Mallon, The Coins and History of Asia
- Sellwood 38 type variant (Eastern mint? no monogram) [1 in db]
PDC 41993 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.06g 20mm (PDC 41993)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription
Photo by Pars Coins
- Sellwood 38.2 [8 in db]
- Shore not listed
PDC 23573 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.55g (PDC 23573)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne; empty cloak sleeve ends in pellet reaching well below seat level, holding bow in right hand; no border; Greek letters ΕΝΡΑΓΑΙΣ to right of five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ
Current collection: David Sellwood, 2124 (Tray 11)
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 38.2 obverse mule with 30.18 reverse [1 in db]
PDC 6589 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 6589)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 38.3 [12 in db]
- BMC Parthia ?
PDC 21567 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.03g (PDC 21567)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΣ misspelled in seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΣ
Previous collection: Bellaria
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 38.3 variant (legend ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΣ) [1 in db]
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 442 (this coin)
- BMC Parthia p.45, 3 variant (legend)
- Mitchiner ACW not listed
- Peus 326 (1-3 Nov 1989), lot 374 (this coin)
- Shore 169 variant (legend)
PDC 20816 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.63g (PDC 20816)
Mint: Court at Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 38.4 [23 in db]
- Peus 376 (Oct 2003), Lot 662 (this coin)
- Shore 170
PDC 18592 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.74g (PDC 18592)
Mint: Court at Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; ΕΙΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ misspelled in seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΙΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Jean Elsen s.a.
- Sellwood 38.4 variant (legend ΕΙΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ) [1 in db]
- Elsen 74 (Jun 2003), lot 600 (this coin)
- Shore 170 variant
PDC 28426 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 28426)
Mint?
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ is retrograde with lambda inverted in seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΙΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Note: 6
Photo by Najaf Coins & Collectibles
- Sellwood 38.4 variant (retrograde line 4) [2 in db]
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AR Drachm (PDC 47620)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΙΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Note: Sellwood 1980 gives legend iii for S38.5, but all examples seen have legend iv. A typographical error is suspected.
- Sellwood 38.5 [0 in db]
PDC 39608 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.29g (PDC 39608)
Mint?
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 38.5 variant (legend iv) [14 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 412 (this coin)
- Peus 371 (2002), lot 258 (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 212 (this coin)
- Shore 171
Click here to help add this image Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 47621)
Mint: Mithradatkart
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Note: Sellwood 1980 gives legend iv for S38.6, but all examples seen have legend iii. A typographical error is suspected.
- Sellwood 38.6 [5 in db]
- Sellwood ICP (1980), type 38.6 (this coin)
PDC 25295 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.17g (PDC 25295)
Mint?
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΙΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.
- Sellwood 38.6 variant (legend iii) [18 in db]
Click here to help add this image Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 47622)
Mint: Mithradatkart
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Note: Sellwood 1980 gives legend iv for S38.7, but all examples seen have legend iii. A typographical error is suspected.
- Sellwood 38.7 [6 in db]
- Sellwood ICP (1980), type 38.7 (this coin)
PDC 558 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 558)
Mint: Mithradatkart
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΙΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Smithsonian Institution
- Sellwood 38.7 variant (legend iii) [6 in db]
PDC 22 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.10g (PDC 22)
Mint: Mithradatkart
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ and ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ missing first letters in seven-line Greek inscription = ΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Edward J. Waddell, Ltd.
- Sellwood 38.7 variant (ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ missing first letters) [1 in db]
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AR Drachm (PDC 47623)
Mint: Mithradatkart
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Note: Sellwood 1980 gives legend iv for S38.8, but all examples seen have legend ii. A typographical error is suspected.
- Sellwood 38.8 [2 in db]
- Sellwood ICP (1980), type 38.8 (this coin)
PDC 21372 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.70g 21mm 12h (PDC 21372)
Mint: Mithradatkart
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣ−ΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ [Ε]ΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ [ΦΙ]ΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Brad Nelson
- Sellwood 38.8 variant (legend ii) [6 in db]
- Mitchiner ACW 549 variant (monogram)
- Shore 173
Click here to help add this image Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 31943)
Mint: Traxiane
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter Τ; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 38.9 [1 in db]
- Sellwood, Drachms of the Parthian Dark Age (JRAS, 1976), pl. 4, 100 (this coin)
PDC 47593 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.86g 18x20mm 12h (PDC 47593)
Mint: Traxiane
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter Τ; no border; blundered seven-line Greek inscription
Provenance: ex-Classical Coins
Current collection: Anne van't Haaff, 36
Photo by Anne van't Haaff
- Sellwood 38.9 variant (legend blundered) [3 in db]
PDC 6937 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.76g (PDC 6937)
Mint: Margiane
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter M; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: R.C. Senior
Current collection: Ashmolean Museum, Senior 5482
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 38.10 [3 in db]
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AR Drachm 3.97g 12h (PDC 18986)
Mint: Margiane
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters M above Α; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ / ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Andrzej Klein
Current collection: Archaeological Museum Łodz, MAEŁ-N-A 9765
Photo from SNG Poland Vol. I, Part 4, Lodz (1998)
- Sellwood 38.10 variant (Μ above Α below bow) [1 in db]
- SNG Poland vol. 1/pt. 4, 147 (this coin)
PDC 39614 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.11g (PDC 39614)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΝΙ; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Note: Unpublished
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 38.10 variant (ΝΙ below bow) [2 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 418 (this coin)
- Künker 67 (2001), lot 507 (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 218 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
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AR Drachm 3.43g (PDC 2837)
Mint: Traxiane?
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ
- Sellwood 38.11 [1 in db]
- Shore 175 (this coin)
- CNG 36 (5-6 Dec 1995), lot 175 (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 28087)
Mint: Laodicea
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 38.12 [0 in db]
PDC 4753 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.13g (PDC 4753)
Mint: Artemita
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [Shore 37]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 38.13 [9 in db]
- Peus 363, Lot 5144 (this coin)
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AR Drachm 4.10g (PDC 2839)
Mint: Artemita
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [Shore 38]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ
- Sellwood 38.13 variant (monogram [Shore 38]) [1 in db]
- Shore 177 (this coin)
- CNG 36 (5-6 Dec 1995), lot 177 (this coin)
PDC 39610 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.37g (PDC 39610)
Mint: Court at Artemita
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 38.14 [4 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 414 (this coin)
- Peus 315 (1986), lot 242 (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 214 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
PDC 4505 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.080g 22mm 1h (PDC 4505)
Mint: Susa
Dated 242 ΒΜΣ (BC 71-BC 70)
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and necklet with medallion; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΒΠΣ; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Find spot: Kuh Dasht|IGCH.1815
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1971.145.1
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 38.15 [13 in db]
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AR Drachm (PDC 31940)
Mint: Susa
Dated 283 ΓΠΣ (BC 30-BC 29)
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΓΠΣ; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 38.16 [1 in db]
- Sellwood, Drachms of the Parthian Dark Age (JRAS, 1976), pl. 4, 97 (this coin)
- Sellwood ICP (1971), Plates, no. 38/11 (this coin)
PDC 6936 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.17g (PDC 6936)
Mint: Susa
Dated 245 ΕΜΣ (BC 68-BC 67)
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and necklet with medallion; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΕΜΣ; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Note: AMS below bow; A altered to B?
Provenance: ex. Woolf coll.; £160
Previous collection: Woolf coll; R.C. Senior
Current collection: Ashmolean Museum, Senior 5481
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 38.16 variant (year ΕΜΣ) [2 in db]
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AR Hemidrachm (PDC 28088)
Mint: Ecbatana?
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, a pellet; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟ ΦΙΛΕ
- Sellwood 38.17 [0 in db]
PDC 4494 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 3.860g 17mm 12h (PDC 4494)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse prancing right, above monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Gen. Staraselsky coll.
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1944.100.82609
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 38.19 [16 in db]
PDC 39615 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 3.64g (PDC 39615)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: Pegasus flying right, above monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 38.19 variant (Pegasus) [8 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 419 (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 219 (this coin)
PDC 21998 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous (PDC 21998)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse prancing right, above monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Classical Coins (Dave Welsh)
- Sellwood 38.20 [2 in db]
PDC 7267 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 2.73g 15mm 12h (PDC 7267)
Mint: Mithradatkart
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse prancing right, above monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Thomas K. Mallon, The Coins and History of Asia
- Sellwood 38.21 [3 in db]
- Le Rider, Suse sous les Séleucides et les Parthes (1965), 181
- Shore 186 variant
PDC 4502 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 2.950g 16mm 12h (PDC 4502)
Mint: Mithradatkart
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse prancing right; below, monogram [ΜΤΘ]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Dr. E. Herzfeld
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1944.100.82607
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 38.21 variant (monogram below horse) [3 in db]
PDC 408 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 1.59g 15mm 11h (PDC 408)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse head right, above monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Thomas K. Mallon, The Coins and History of Asia
- Sellwood 38.22 [11 in db]
- Shore 187
PDC 29902 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 2.45g 14mm (PDC 29902)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse head right, above monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Canmoose Coins
- Sellwood 38.22 variant (tetrachalkous) [1 in db]
- Shore 187
PDC 4506 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 1.390g 15mm 12h (PDC 4506)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: bow in case, above monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1973.56.1599
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 38.23 [3 in db]
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AE Chalkous (PDC 28089)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: palm, below monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 38.24 [2 in db]
- Sellwood ICP (1980), type 38.24 (this coin)
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AE Chalkous (PDC 28090)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: cock right, below monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 38.25 [0 in db]
PDC 11225 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 15mm (PDC 11225)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse walking right, below monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Jacob Taskin
- Sellwood 38.26 [1 in db]
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AE Chalkous 1.66g 14.2mm 12h (PDC 45821)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse head right, below monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Current collection: Institut für Numismatik und Geldgeschichte, Vienna, 8898
Photo by Institut für Numismatik und Geldgeschichte, Vienna
- Sellwood 38.27 [2 in db]
PDC 16670 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 1.433g (PDC 16670)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing diadem, [torque?]; circular border of pellets
Rev: goddess seated right, below monogram [~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Current collection: Smithsonian, 1979.1216.0085
Photo by Smithsonian Institution
- Sellwood 38.29 [1 in db]

Sellwood Type 39

PDC 4491 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Tetradrachm 15.230g 32mm 12h (PDC 4491)
Mint: Seleucia
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39i) decorated on side with horn and recumbent stags around crest; griffin-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: bearded male, seated left on throne; in his right hand, eagle stands right wings closed; in his left hand, scepter; Tyche standing behind holding wreath in raised right hand, spear in left; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Petrowicz; S. Alichan, Constantinople
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1944.100.82613
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 39.1 [4 in db]
- Ars Classica XII (1926), lot 2197 (this coin)
- Petrowicz p.41,19; pl.VI-12 Mithradates II (this coin)
PDC 23575 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.35g (PDC 23575)
Mint?
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, no monogram; no border; lines 5 and 6 read from inside on six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗ
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 39 type variant (no monogram, lines 5-6 read from inside) [2 in db]
PDC 20819 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.91g (PDC 20819)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 39.2 [34 in db]
- Peus 376 (Oct 2003), Lot 665 (this coin)
- Shore 180
PDC 47603 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.90g 19x21mm 12h (PDC 47603)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; above bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΥΟΤΕΓΡΕΥΕ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Current collection: Anne van't Haaff, 25
Photo by Anne van't Haaff
- Sellwood 39.3 [6 in db]
- Album list 201, lot ? (this coin)
PDC 21564 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.98g (PDC 21564)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; above bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Bellaria
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 39.4 [26 in db]
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 439 (this coin)
- BMC Parthia p.50, 43
- Mitchiner ACW 546 variant (monogram)
- Shore 181
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AR Drachm (PDC 28546)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) but horn and stags removed on coin; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; above bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo Dr. G.R.F. Assar
- Sellwood 39.4 variant (horn and stags removed) [1 in db]
PDC 4498 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.000g 20mm 1h (PDC 4498)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; above bow, monogram [~]; no border; ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ read from outside in six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1944.100.82616
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 39.4 variant (legend ii, ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ read from outside) [4 in db]
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AR Drachm (PDC 47630)
Mint: Court at Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Note: Sellwood (1980) gives legend iii for S39.5, but all examples seen have legend ii (no ΚΑΙ). A typographical error is suspected.
- Sellwood 39.5 [6 in db]
- Sellwood ICP (1980), type 39.5 (this coin)
PDC 18559 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.05g 20mm (PDC 18559)
Mint: Court at Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Pars Coins
- Sellwood 39.5 variant (legend ii) [10 in db]
PDC 17596 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 17596)
Mint: Court at Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; ΕΠΙΦΝΟΥΣ and ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΣ mispellings in six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Pars Coins
- Sellwood 39.5 variant (legend ii, ΕΠΙΦΝΟΥΣ misspelling) [1 in db]
PDC 29417 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.99g 21mm (PDC 29417)
Mint: Court at Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; ΕΠΙΦΝΟΥΣ misspelling and ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ has some inverted and retrograde letters in six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Canmoose Coins
- Sellwood 39.5 variant (legend ii, ΕΠΙΦΝΟΥΣ misspelling; ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ has retrograde and inverted letters) [12 in db]
PDC 30015 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.05g 20mm (PDC 30015)
Mint: Court at Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ read from outside in six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Barry P. Murphy
- Sellwood 39.5 variant (legend ii, ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ read from outside) [3 in db]
- Shore not listed
PDC 39618 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.01g (PDC 39618)
Mint: Mithradatkart
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΙΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 39.6 [22 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 422 (this coin)
- Peus 315 (1986), lot 401 (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 227 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
- Triton XIII (5 Jan 2010), lot 622 (this coin)
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AR Drachm (PDC 31929)
Mint: Mithradatkart
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn; stags on crest erased on die; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΙΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 39.6 variant (stags on crest erased on die) [1 in db]
- Sellwood, Drachms of the Parthian Dark Age (JRAS, 1976), pl. 4, 86 (this coin)
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AR Drachm (PDC 31928)
Mint: Mithradatkart
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΙΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 39.7 [3 in db]
- Sellwood, Drachms of the Parthian Dark Age (JRAS, 1976), pl. 4, 85 (this coin)
PDC 35296 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.67g (PDC 35296)
Mint: Kangavar
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter Κ; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Auktionshaus H.D. Rauch GMBH
- Sellwood 39.8 [6 in db]
- Rauch 11th Mail Bid Sale (12 Sep 2006), lot 329 (this coin)
PDC 59748 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.03g 12h (PDC 59748)
Mint: Kangavar
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Todd A. Ballen
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 39.9 [10 in db]
- Triton XIII (5 Jan 2010), lot 623 (this coin)
PDC 30773 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.1552g 21mm 12h (PDC 30773)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters NI; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Bob Rives
- Sellwood 39.10 [3 in db]
- Shore 184
Click here to help add this image Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 19798)
Mint: Traxiane
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter Τ; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 39.11 [2 in db]
- Sellwood ICP (1980), Plates, no. 39.11 (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 31946)
Mint: Margiane
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter M; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 39.12 [2 in db]
- Sellwood, Drachms of the Parthian Dark Age (JRAS, 1976), pl. 4, 103 (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 28092)
Mint: Aria
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter Α; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 39.13 [0 in db]
PDC 47604 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.84g 19mm 12h (PDC 47604)
Mint: Susa
Dated 243 ΓΜΣ (BC 70-BC 69)
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΓΠΣ; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Gonnella
Current collection: Anne van't Haaff, 38
Photo by Anne van't Haaff
- Sellwood 39.14 [9 in db]
- Peus 388, lot 403 (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 28093)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letters ΔΠΣ; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 39.15 [0 in db]
Click here to help add this image Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 28094)
Mint: Susa
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, monogram [~]; below bow, Greek letters ΔΠΣ; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 39.16 [0 in db]
Click here to help add this image Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 31872)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags without antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
- Sellwood 39.17 [2 in db]
- Sellwood, Drachms of the Parthian Dark Age (JRAS, 1976), pl. 2, 29 (this coin)
PDC 21875 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.74g 21mm (PDC 21875)
Mint: Kangavar
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags without antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~]; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Bellaria
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 39.18 [1 in db]
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 1335-19 (this coin)
PDC 4367 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 2.500g 17mm 12h (PDC 4367)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse galloping right; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1974.52.24
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 39.19 [10 in db]
PDC 8378 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 3.15g (PDC 8378)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse galloping right; no border; ΕΠΙΦΝΟΥΣ misspelling and ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ has some inverted and retrograde letters in six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Najaf Coins & Collectibles
- Sellwood 39.19 variant (ΕΠΙΦΝΟΥΣ mispelling; ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ has retrograde and inverted letters) [2 in db]
- Shore 188
PDC 34458 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 3.11g (PDC 34458)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse galloping right; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 39.20 [2 in db]
- BMC Parthia pl.10, 5
PDC 21913 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous (PDC 21913)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse galloping right; no border; fourth line variant in six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ [?A???????] ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Bellaria
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 39.20 variant (legend fourth line?) [1 in db]
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 1336-31 (this coin)
PDC 643 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 15mm (PDC 643)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse head right; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Flavian Logic Ancient Numismatics (John Haer)
- Sellwood 39.21 [4 in db]
PDC 4362 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 3.280g 16mm 1h (PDC 4362)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse head right; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Dr. E. Herzfeld
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1944.100.82549
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 39.22 [1 in db]
PDC 4368 Phraates III (70-57 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 1.920g 15mm 1h (PDC 4368)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T39ii) decorated on side with horn and stags with prominent antlers around crest; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse head right; no border; ΕΠΙΦΝΟΥΣ misspelling and ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ has some inverted and retrograde letters in six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1973.56.1593
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 39.22 variant (ΕΠΙΦΝΟΥΣ mispelling; ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ has retrograde and inverted letters) [1 in db]

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