Item #4794 Kings of Persis, Artaxerxes II (Ardashir) ca. 2nd half of first century BC AR OBOL, Alram 572/5, Tyler-Smith 74, NICE COIN.

Ancient Coins - Item #4794 Kings of Persis, Artaxerxes II (Ardashir) ca. 2nd half of first century BC AR OBOL, Alram 572/5, Tyler-Smith 74, NICE COIN.
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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. No symbol behind.

Reverse
King standing right of fire alter, with Aramaic letters around.

Weight
0.77 gr.

Diameter
12 X 11 mm.

Reference
Alram 572/5, Tyler-Smith: NC (2004) 74


Grade
good VF


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 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.


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