KINGS of ELYMAIS. Orodes I.
|Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 532. Estimate $200.
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004.
Sold For $300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Circa mid-late 1st century AD. Billon Tetradrachm (15.54 gm). 'Orodes' in Parthian script, diademed bust left; behind, four-pointed star in crescent above anchor symbol / Crude diademed bust left, degraded legend. Cf. Alram pg. 146, NB 3; Le Rider, Suse
-; cf. BMC Arabia pg. clxxxix and pl. LIII, 12; cf. De Morgan pl. XXXVI, 4 (Kamnaskires D -- called C in text). Toned, nice VF, light porosity. Very rare. ($200)Ex Classical Numismatic Group 51 (15 September 1999), lot 647.
This is an early transitional type of Orodes I, with simply 'Orodes' rather than 'King Orodes' on the obverse, and a Kamnaskirid-style bust. For a full discussion of these rare coins and their possible implication in the Elymaian series, see B. Bell, "New Inscription Alters Elymais Type Chronology," The Celator
, April 2002, and B. Bell, "A New Model for Elymaean Chronology, " The Celator
, May 2002.