Artabanos II

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Mat, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    I've had this coin for a few months now but just now getting time to post it. I have enjoyed expanding my ancients into Parthians this year. I often overlook them for the most part since to my untrained eyes, they do look similar at quick glances

    I don't intend to make them my main focus, I still enjoy Romans too much, but I will continue to add them when I can.

    I picked this coin up at Civitas, he was a ruler I needed & it was priced right.

    Artabanos II (10 - 38 A.D)
    AR Drachm
    O: Bare-headed, left, w/4-strand diadem, 2 loops and 3 ribbons; medium-long, almost straight hair, mustache, long square-cut beard; earring, 3-turn necklace; tunic/cuirass.
    R: Archer, right, on throne, w/bow in vise-like outstretched hand; below bow monogram; 7-line legend: BΛCIΛEΩC BΛCIΛEΩN ΛPCΛNOΔ EVEPΓETO(V) ΔIXAIOV (E)ΠIΦΛNOYC ΦIΛEΛΛXOC.
    Ekbatana Mint
    Sellwood 63.6, Shore 341, Sunrise 412 (Artabanos IV)
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2019
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  3. Barry Murphy

    Barry Murphy Well-Known Member

    The more recent attribution of these, proposed by Dr. Assar, is Artabanos IV.

    Barry Murphy
  4. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Mat, That weight of 3 gm seems unusually light, are you sure it's correct o_O?
  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Yes, 3.04g

    Thanks, Barry.
  6. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    You are not alone - this one in particular a challenge - here's a page on differentiating various look-alikes (Sellwood 63, 65, 66, 74). And another 63.6:
    Artabanus IV 10AD.jpg Parthian, Artabanus IV, c. AD 10-38, AR drachm, Ecbatana mint
    Obv: Bust left, long square cut beard, hair almost straight, earring visible
    Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN AΡ-ΣANOΥ EΥEΡΓETOΥ ΔIXAIOΥ EΠIΦANOΥΣ ΦIΛEΛΛHXOΣ, Archer (Arsakes I) enthroned right, holding bow; Ecbatana monogram below bow
    Ref: Sellwood 63.6 (Artabanus II)
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2019
  7. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    That is a nice example.
  8. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Thats a cool one Mat
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