PARTHIA Vardanes I circa 40-45 AD billon tetradrachm 355 SE month not struck


PARTHIA, Vardanes I, circa 40-45 AD, tetradrachm, 355 SE (43/4 AD) month not struck, Seleukia mint, Obverse: bust L, short pointed beard, no ear, wart, Reverse: king seated R receiving wreath from Tyche standing L, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΣ ΦΙΛΗΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ (month missing) , ΕΝΤ, billon, 27mm, 13.55g, S64.20/27, too bad about the flat strike where the month should be, I’m going to call this Unc

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He fought his brother Gotarzes for the throne, they made a deal, he was probably assassinated and Gotarzes became king.

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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