ELYMAIS Kamnaskir Orodes III circa 192-198 AD bronze drachm


ELYMAIS, Kamnaskir Orodes III, circa 192-198 AD, drachm, no date, Obverse: bust facing, anchor & moon behind, Reverse: 7 dashes in 3 rows, bronze, 15mm, 3.31g, DeM-50, VF

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A line of Arsacid (Parthian) rulers governed Elymais from about 100 AD until the Sasanian annexation of 227 AD.

The ancient Kingdom of Elam, a major player in Biblical times, was usually under the thumb of one larger empire or another. In the 2nd century BC it emerged as a semi-autonomous part-time vassal of Parthia, and continued as a part-time vassal of the Sasanids into the 3rd century AD, when it was annexed. There is no real history in the sense of this happened and then that happened. We know the names of the Kings from their coins.

The big change that Alexander the Great brought about was the union of the Greek spirit of inquiry with the methods of imperial bureaucracy.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.