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Vologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)

ΟΛΑΓΑΣΗΣ

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Coins Attributed to Vologases I

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 68

PDC 839Vologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Tetradrachm 14.28 g
Mint/ Seleucia, A.D. 51/52
Obv/ bare-headed bust facing, head left with pointed beard; beaded border
Rev/ king seated left on throne receiving diadem from Tyche with scepter; Greek inscription [ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ] ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩ[Ν ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ] ΕΥΕΡΓΕ[ΤΟΥ] ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟ[ΥΣ ΦΙΛΕ]ΛΛΗΝ[ΟΣ]; date ΓΞΤ (363 S.E. = A.D. 51/52) between heads, month in exergue off flan
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 68.4-8 (? month)
- Shore 370 variant

PDC 2641Vologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Tetradrachm 14.19 g
Mint/ Seleucia, September, A.D. 54
Obv/ bare-headed bust facing, head left with pointed beard; beaded border
Rev/ king seated left on throne receiving diadem from Tyche with scepter; Greek inscription [ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ] ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩ[Ν ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ] ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤ[ΟΥ] ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥ[Σ ΦΙΛ]ΕΛΛΗΝΟ[Σ] / ; date ΕΞΤ [Υ]ΠΕΡΒ (365 S.E. = A.D. 54) between heads, month in exergue off flan
Photo/ by permission Pegasi Numismatics (Fred Knust)
- Sellwood 68.11

Sellwood Type 70

PDC 16800Vologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Drachm, 3.57 g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Additional images/ [large obv & rev]
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with beard tapering but square cut, wart on brow, earring visible; wearing diadem with loop at the top and two ends; wavy hair. Neck torque has no end; beaded border
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow; below bow monogram 26. Somewhat blundered Greek inscription
Photo/ by permission Smithsonian Institution, National Numismatic Collection
- Sellwood 70.13

ObverseVologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Drachm, 3.57 g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with beard tapering but square cut, wart on brow, earring visible; wearing diadem with loop at the top and two ends; wavy hair. Neck torque has no end; beaded border
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow; below bow monogram 26. Somewhat blundered Greek inscription with lambda missing in first two lines
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 70.14
- Shore 374

Sellwood Type 71

PDC 16798Vologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Drachm, 3.81 g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Additional images/ [large obv & rev]
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with beard tapering but square cut, wart on brow, earring visible; wearing diadem with loop at the top and two ends; wavy hair. Neck torque has no end; beaded border. Aramaic inscription ( = wl )
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow; below bow monogram 26. Somewhat blundered Greek inscription
Photo/ by permission Smithsonian Institution, National Numismatic Collection
- Sellwood 71.1

ObverseVologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Drachm, 3.74 g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with beard tapering but square cut; wart on brow; wearing diadem with loop at the top; hair in five waves, ear ring visible. Neck torque contains row of pellets; beaded border. Aramaic inscription ( = wl )
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow. Somewhat blundered Greek inscription, below bow monogram 26
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 71.1

ObverseVologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Drachm, 3.62 g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with beard tapering but square cut; wart on brow; wearing diadem with loop at the top; hair in five waves, ear ring visible. Aramaic inscription ( = wl )
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow. Somewhat blundered Greek inscription, below bow monogram 26
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 71.1
- Shore 377

PDC 24634Vologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Drachm, 3.76 g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with long rectangular beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; hair in five distinct waves with earring visible; wart on brow; diadem pendants shown as three lines; behind head, monogram; circular border of pellets
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 (L71i) includes lambda in first two lines; no border
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 71.2
- CNG 24 (12 Sep 1992), lot 358 (this coin)
- Mitchiner ACW 655
- Shore 376
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 484 (this coin)

ObverseVologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Drachm, 3.38 g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with beard tapering but square cut; wart on brow; wearing diadem with loop at the top; hair in five waves, ear ring visible. Neck torque contains row of pellets. Beaded border. Aramaic inscription ( = wl )
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow. Somewhat blundered Greek inscription, below bow monogram 26, reverse lightly double-struck
Photo/ by permission Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 71.3

PDC 39772Vologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Drachm, 3.74 g
Mint/ Ecbatana, undated
Obv/ bust left with medium pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end; hair in three distinct waves covering ear; no wart; diadem pendants shown as three lines; behind head, Aramaic letters (=wl); circular border of pellets
Rev/ beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter Π; behind throne, monogram; fragmentary Greek inscription; no border
Photo/ by permission Dr. Busso Peus Nachf
- Sellwood 71.4
- Peus 388, lot 618 (this coin)

Sellwood Num Chron 1989, Type 1

PDC 4786Vologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Diobol, 1.19 g
Mint/ unknown, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with medium beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and two ends; wavy hair; two-line neck torque has no ends; circular border of dots
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow; somewhat blundered Greek inscription reading, with emendations, ΟΛΙΓΑCΟΟ(Υ) ΤΟΥ ΚΥΡΙ(Ο)Υ ('Vologases the lord')
Note/ "We cannot tell whether the use of 'lord' rather than 'king' implies a subordinate status; probably the rulers themselves were uncertain of the exact implications and it would be unwise to try to read too much into it." Sellwood, NC 1989, p. 163.
Photo/ by permission Dr. Busso Peus Nachf Auktion 363, Lot 5177
- Sellwood Numismatic Chronicle 1989, Plate 42, 1

Sellwood Num Chron 1989, Type 2

There are two distinct sub-types: the torque contains either three lines, or two lines with a central row of pellets

ObverseVologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)
AR Diobol, 1.24 g, 13 mm, die axis = 12h
Mint/ unknown, undated
Obv/ bare-headed bust left with medium beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and two ends; wavy hair; torque contains either three lines or two lines with a central row of pellets; circular border of dots
Rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow. Somewhat blundered Greek inscription
Photo/ by permission Thomas K. Mallon, The Coins and History of Asia
- Sellwood Numismatic Chronicle 1989, Plate 42, 2
- Shore 381

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