PARTHIA Gotarzes II 40-51 AD silver tetradrachm 361 SE


PARTHIA, Gotarzes II, 40-51 AD, tetradrachm, 361 SE (49/50AD) I am going to pretend that I see Artemia month but really it is 99.8% off flan, Seleukia mint, Obverse: bust L, pointed midlength beard, lock of hair below diadem, Reverse: king seated R receiving wreath from Tyche standing L, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΣ ΦΙΛΗΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ ΑΡΤΕΜΙ ΑΧΤ, silver, 26mm, 14.03g, S65.31, VF

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Gotarzes fought his brother Vardanes I for the throne, beat him, possibly had him assassinated, and died shortly after.

The Parthians were Central Asian nomads who descended on the “settled” and “civilized” world with their new military invention, which was stirrups, which permitted the existence of mounted spear bearing warriors.

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