ITEM #47139 KINGS OF PERSIS, ARTAXERXES II (ARDASHIR) CA. 2ND HALF OF FIRST CENTURY BC AR obol, ALRAM 578 var., TYLER-SMITH 108, as small as it can get!!

Ancient Coins - ITEM #47139 KINGS OF PERSIS, ARTAXERXES II (ARDASHIR) CA. 2ND HALF OF FIRST CENTURY BC AR obol, ALRAM 578 var., TYLER-SMITH 108, as small as it can get!!
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My Persis Collection

Reign

Artaxerxes II (Ardashir) ca. 2nd half of first century BC

Denomination

AR silver obol

Date Struck

NOT KNOWN

Mint

Central Persia (IRAN, Fars Province today)

Obverse

Short bearded King with long neck looking left wearing a crown, symbol behind.

Reverse

King standing right at fire alter holding up a sword, with Aramaic letters around, reading King Ardashir son of King Darev (II)

Weight

0.58 gr.

Diameter

8 mm.

Reference

Alram 578 var., Tyler-Smith: NC (2004) 108, Sear GC 6215?

Grade

 XF, a hole in the middle of flan (worn not made)

Comments

There are many verities of this ruler's coins, some with monograms on obverse and some without. We don't know much about Persis kingdom and coins. A nice hoard of Persis coins were discussed by Susan Tyler-Smith in the Numismatic Chronicle, Vol. 164 (2004).

Historical background Persis was the heart of the old Achaemenid Persian empire and the center of Persian culture, religion and language. During the late 3rd century BC, Persis was able to regain its independence from the Seleucids and began producing a Greek-inspired coinage with Aramaic inscriptions. Mithradates II was able to incorporate Persis as a sub-kingdom of the Parthian empire during the early 1st century BC, though Persis continued to mint its own distinctive series of coins which gradually took on some of the appearance of Parthian coins. Persis was eventually able to defeat the Arsacids and, under Ardashir I, found the Sassanian Empire, which was to become Rome's, and later Byzantium's, greatest foe until the appearance of Islam and the Arab conquest of Iran in 7th century AD.