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Extremely Rare Inscribed Tetradrachm of Vādfradād (Autophradates) II

CNG 112, Lot: 394. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $3000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of PERSIS. Vādfradād (Autophradates) II. Early-mid 2nd century BC. AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 16.58 g, 1h). Istakhr (Persepolis) mint. Bearded head right, wearing diadem and kyrbasia adorned with eagle / Fire temple of Ahura-Mazda; above, half-figure of Ahura-Mazda; to left, Vādfradād standing right, raising hand, bow before; to right, eagle standing left on standard; [wt]p[rdt] = “Vādfradād” in Aramaic to outer left; prtrk’ = “fratarakā” in Aramaic in exergue; [z]y ’lh’ = “zy ilahy” in Aramaic to right of altar. Cf. K&M 3/1 (for type); cf. Alram 546; DeMorgan, p. 403 and pl. XXVIII, 8 (same); cf. BMC 1 (Darius[?]; same); Sunrise –; MACW –; Roma E-58, lot 387 var. (arrangement of legend). Toned, triple struck. EF. Extremely rare with the full reverse legend.