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bgr_912402 - PARTHIAN KINGDOM - MITHRADATES II Drachme

PARTHIAN KINGDOM - MITHRADATES II Drachme AU/AU
175.00 €(Approx. 187.25$ | 148.75£)
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Type : Drachme
Date: c. 100 AC.
Mint name / Town : Ecbatane, Médie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 4,21 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire centré des deux côtés. Superbe revers, finement détaillé. Joli buste. Patine grise
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Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste couronné, diadémé et drapé de Mithradates II à gauche, coiffé de la tiare et avec la barbe longue.

Reverse


Reverse description : Archer assis à droite sur un trône, tenant un arc de la main droite.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS / MEGALOU / ARSAKOU / EPIFANOUS.

Historical background


PARTHIAN KINGDOM - MITHRADATES II

(123-88 BC)

Mithridates II, one of the greatest Parthian kings, is the son of Artabane I (127-124 AC.). He began by restoring Parthian power in Mesopotamia and fixed the border on the Euphrates. He had to continue the fight against the Scythians and made Sakastan a protectorate. He consolidated his position in Asia Minor and intervened in Armenia to maintain the Parthian protectorate. But the last years of his reign were troubled by numerous usurpations. He was eliminated by Gotarzes I (95-80 AC.).

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