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bgr_831508 - PARTHIA - PARTHIAN KINGDOM - PACORUS II Drachme

PARTHIA - PARTHIAN KINGDOM - PACORUS II Drachme AU/XF
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Type : Drachme
Date: c. 78-120 AC.
Mint name / Town : Ecbatane, Médie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 3,66 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan large, centré. Très beau buste de Pacorus. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste de Pacorus II à gauche, la tête coiffée de la tiare décorée un bandeau quadruple, avec nœud qui tombe derrière la tête, la chevelure tombant sur la nuque, la barbe fournie et pointue ; pendentif à l’oreille.

Reverse


Reverse description : Archer assis à droite sur un trône, tenant un arc de la main droite ; sous l’arc, un monogramme.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ BASILEWN/ ARSAKOU/ DIKAIOU/ EUERGETOU/ EPIFANOUS/ FILELLHNOS.
Reverse translation : (Roi des rois Arsace, bienfaiteur, juste, glorieux, philhellène).

Commentary


C’est la première réapparition de la tiare depuis le règne de Phraates III (70-57 avant J.-C.).

Historical background


PARTHIA - PARTHIAN KINGDOM - PACORUS II

(78-120)

Pacorus seems to have been a usurper who revolted against the authority of Vologèse I, in October 77. After the disappearance of Vologèse I, he also had to face Artaban III. He is one of the rare Arsacid monarchs to appear beardless, which could indicate that he took power very young. Pacorus II establishes a new trade route to reach China, a sea route from Charax and the Euphrates estuary to replace the old land route of the "silk road" which has become dangerous. He disappears when the Roman Empire in the person of Trajan discovers a new conqueror in the image of Alexander the Great..

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