Item #47114 Kings of Persis, VAHSHIR (Oxathres) ca. 2nd half of first century BC AR obol, Alram 581, Tyler-Smth CN (2004) #134

Ancient Coins - Item #47114 Kings of Persis, VAHSHIR (Oxathres) ca. 2nd half of first century BC AR obol, Alram 581, Tyler-Smth CN (2004) #134
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My Persis Collection

Reign

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

Denomination

AR silver OBOL

Date Struck

NOT KNOWN

Mint

Central Persia (IRAN, Fars Province today)

Obverse

bust of king wearing diadem facing left, circular pellets.

Reverse

King standing right of fire, with Aramaic letters around. The legend reads, king vahshir son (of) king Darev

Weight

0.54 gr.

Diameter

11.5 x 10.5 mm.

Reference

Alram 581, Tyler-Smith CN (2004) #134

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: 08/17/17

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