PARTHIA, Vologases III, 105-147 AD, silver drachm


PARTHIA, Vologases III, 105-147 AD, drachm, Ecbatana mint, Obverse: diademed head left, Reverse, archer seated R, dot below A below bow, silver, 20x18mm, 3.69g, S78.5, XF

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His reign had him confronting the Roman Emperors Trajan, Hadrian, and Antoninus Pius. First thing on his agenda was the revolt Of Osroes, who he was unable to put down for twenty years. Then an invasion by northern nomads, and the Kushans were expanding in Afghanistan. All in all, one of the more stable Parthian rulers.

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.

Coins of the “Greek” world before Alexander are called “archaic” if they’re old enough, and “classical” for the period of high artistry. From Alexander on they are called “Hellenistic,” and display a change of subject matter from dieties to monarchs.

“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.