PARTHIA, Mithradates I, c.171-138 BC, drachm


PARTHIA, Mithradates I, c.171-138 BC, drachm, Hekatompylos mint, Obverse: capped beardless bust L, Reverse: archer seated R, 3 line legend around, silver, 20mm, 3.54g, S10.1, small edge chip, crude, VF

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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. Mithradates I was a great conqueror who consolidated and expanded the Parthian kingdom.

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