Item #47117 Kings of Persis, Napad ca. 2nd half of first century AD AR obol, Alram 614, Tyler-Smith NC (2004) #199, two sided images of kings, very pleasing example of this VERY SCARCE PIECE!

Ancient Coins - Item #47117 Kings of Persis, Napad ca. 2nd half of first century AD AR obol, Alram 614, Tyler-Smith NC (2004) #199, two sided images of kings, very pleasing example of this VERY SCARCE PIECE!
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My Persis Collection

Reign

Napad (ca 2nd half of first century AD)

Denomination

AR silver OBOL

Date Struck

NOT KNOWN

Mint

Central Persia (IRAN, Fars Province today)

Obverse

head of king facing left wearing a diadem in Parthian style with double loops. no circle of pellets around.

Reverse

small king's head facing left with Aramaic letters around it, reads kind Napad starting from the shoulder.

Weight

0.44 gr.

Diameter

9 mm.

Reference

Alram 614, Tyler-Smith NC (2004) #199

Grade

good XF with nice dark toning

Comments

Late Persis coinage has double-bust (father/son) on both sides of the coins establishing legitimate relationship to the throne. 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: 08/23/17

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