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Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 501. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $1600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of PARTHIA. Unknown king. 140 AD. AR Drachm (3.73 gm). Ekbatana mint. Diademed bust left, long pointed beard, earring visible, hair in three waves; diadem has three bands, triple loop, and four ends / OLIIL|-L OLIIL|-L I-LIL [L]VIIGIT LCVIOV IPFLNOV[C] FVLILNFO[C], Arsakes I seated right on throne, holding bow; monogram below bow. Sellwood 83.1; Shore 426; BMC Parthia -; MACW 683. Lightly toned VF. Very rare. ($1000)

Ex Peus 338 (27-29 April 1994), lot 236.

Nothing is known about this king, save for his coinage. His portraits are similar to Vologases III, but for the difference in their diadem. Although he did not place his name on the reverse, à la Mithradates V, all of his coins omit the name Arsakes (or its barbarous variants), which may have some significance. His coins are all quite rare.