Latest Parthian Tetradrachm

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Mat, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Here is a new Parthian I picked up, this is of Vologases IV.

    Although it isn't perfect, for $40 total, I think it was a decent price.

    I know @dougsmit & @chrsmat71 have nicer ones.

    AR Tetradrachm
    O: Diademed bust left, wearing long beard, earring, and tiara decorated with “hooks”; B to right; all within pelleted border.
    O: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΟΛΟΓΑΣΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣΣ) (month) in exergue.king enthroned to right receiving diadem from Tyche holding sceptre.
    Dated 495 ΕϘΥ ΑΠΕΛ (183 AD)
    Seleucia mint
    Sellwood 84.96-103 cf. Shore 432.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2019
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  3. Yorkshire

    Yorkshire Well-Known Member

    Nice one, don't have any Parthian coins myself yet might have to soon
  4. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    Mine isn't fantatic, but it is still one of my favorite coins!


    Vologases IV, Tetradrachm. 147-191 AD

    O: Diademed bust left, wearing tiara; B behind / Greek legend, Vologases seated left on throne, Tyche standing right before him, presenting a diadem and holding sceptre; year (Seleucid 464, 152 AD), month below (November),Seleucia on the Tigris mint, 26 mm, 13.6 g. Sellwood 84.12-5; Shore 427.
  5. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    One of my favorite Parthians!
    Vologases IV Tet Blu.jpg
    Kings of Parthia, Vologases IV (AD 147-191). BI Tetradrachm
    Seleukeia on the Tigris, Seleukid year ςoy (476) month AΠEΛAIoY (November). The new year begins in October AD 164.
    Obv: Diademed and draped bust left, wearing tiara; B behind
    Rev: Vologases seated left on throne, Tyche standing right before him, presenting a diadem and holding sceptre
    Ref: Shore 427
    Rev Legend: from top, on four sides, only partially visible

    - ΑΓΑΣΟΥ -----------------ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
    King of Kings Arsakes Vologases (November) Illustrious Greek-loving
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2019
  6. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    ^Both coins are very nice.
  7. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    Great and interesting coin, @Mat ! I’ve sold off all of my Parthians to fund my acquisition of Judaean coins. If I were to purchase 1 Parthian coin, it would probably be the one featuring Mithradates II. My favorite of his coins is the one where he’s wearing a headband and his hair is visible.
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  8. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Nice pickup and a great price, @Mat .

    I do not know a lot about the history behind the Parthian and Persis empires.

    Parthia Mithradates III 58-55 BCE AR Drachm 3.9g 20mm Rhagae mint star archer bashlyk throne bow Selwood 41-12
  9. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Vologases IV's drachms feature an almost cartoon portrait, but I like them anyway:
    Vologases IV.jpg
  10. Bob L.

    Bob L. Well-Known Member

    Congrats, Mat. What a great price for a Parthian tet. Well played.

    Here are my favorite Volo IV's. The bottom two have the distinction of having formerly resided in the collection of that guy whose post is right above this one. (And six more of my coins have that same pedigree, I'm happy to say)

  11. dadams

    dadams Well-Known Member

    About the cost of a dinner I'd say your did ok.
    Liking all of these.
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  13. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    I'm late coming to this post, but better late than never :happy:. The Parthian Tet below I won at CNG Triton VII Auction, January 12, 2004, for $335.00. CNG wrote a short article in their Historical Article section on the coin, see the link below the coin. In January of 2018, I had Heritage auction the coin with most of my Parthian coins, & it sold for a paltry $228.00 :mad:. I don't know if it was bad timing or just bad luck, but I wasn't happy with the result.
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  14. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    It's never too late for another Parthian Tetradrachm. Here's another Gotarzes II:
    Gotares II.jpg
    Kings of Parthia, Gotarzes II, 40-51 AD. Billon Tetradrachm (14.63 gm). Seleukeia mint. Struck year 355 (January AD 43/44) ΠΕΡΙΤΙΟΥ ENT
    Obv: Diademed bust left
    Rev: Seated king right, receiving diadem from Tyche
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2019
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