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Live auction - bgr_480653 - PARTHIA - PARTHIAN KINGDOM - MITHRIDATES I Drachme

PARTHIA - PARTHIAN KINGDOM - MITHRIDATES I Drachme AU
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Estimate : 720 €
Price : 420 €
Maximum bid : 420 €
End of the sale : 05 June 2018 14:21:06
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 171-138 AC.
Mint name / Town : Hécatompylos
Metal : silver
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 4,47 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large, légèrement décentré au droit avec le grènetis visible. Beau portrait particulier de Mithridates Ier. Revers bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise superficielle avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection Niels

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé de Mithridates Ier à gauche, imberbe, coiffé du bashlik.

Reverse


Reverse description : Le roi à droite est assis sur l’omphalos, tenant un arc de sa main droite.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ AR/SAKOU.
Reverse translation : (du grand Roi Arsace).

Commentary


Après Mithridates Ier, le bashlik disparaît du monnayage arsacide et sera remplacé par le diadème ou la tiare. Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous le proposons à la vente.

Historical background


Parthia - UNITED PARTHIAN - Mithridates I

(171-138 BC)

Phraates I had several son (and girls), but he chose his successor his younger brother, Mithridates I, because he appreciated his qualities. We can deduce that the sovereign had acquired absolute power, can afford not to follow the tradition that reserved the throne to the eldest son. Mithridates first undertook an expedition to the east, taking the powerful Greco-Bactrian empire lands ceded under Arsaces II. Then he turned to the west and the Seleucids took the Medes (148 BC). This first war of conquest gave him access to Mesopotamia, which will be for several centuries the privileged battlefield between the Parthians (and the Sassanids) and the Seleucids and the Romans. In recent years, Mithridates I of Parthia had raised to the rank of major power.

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