Item #47110 Kings of Persis, VAHSHIR (Oxathres) ca. 2nd half of first century BC, AR hemidrachm, similar to Alram 586, Tyler-Smth CN (2004) N/A, UNIQUE Symbol on OBVERSE!!

Ancient Coins - Item #47110 Kings of Persis, VAHSHIR (Oxathres) ca. 2nd half of first century BC, AR hemidrachm, similar to Alram 586, Tyler-Smth CN (2004) N/A, UNIQUE Symbol on OBVERSE!!
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My Persis Collection

Reign

Vahshir (Oxathres) ca. 2nd half of first century BC

Denomination

AR silver hemidrachm (1/2 drachm)

Date Struck

NOT KNOWN

Mint

Central Persia (IRAN, Fars Province today)

Obverse

bust of king wearing diadem facing left, A Crescent before the lips of the king!! UNIQUE.

Reverse

Aramaic legend neat but degenerate. The legend should read, king Vahshir son (of) king Darev!!

Weight

1.63 gr.

Diameter

13.5 mm.

Reference

Alram 586 var., Tyler-Smith CN (2004) ----

Grade

XF

Comments

We don't know much about Persis coins. A nice hoard of Persis coins were discussed by Susan Tyler-Smith in the Numismatic Chronicle, Vol. 164 (2004).

BRIEF HISTORY: 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 the Middle East during the 7th century AD.

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Quotazione: 10/20/17

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