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ID:     83000756
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Ancient East
Region:     Parthia
Issuer:     Pacorus II
Date Ruled:     (A.D. 78-105)
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast:     Struck
Date Struck:     AD 77-78
Weight:     12.97 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     bust with short beard left wearing diadem and spiral torque with no visible end; four waves in hair cover ear, hair above diadem as vertical lines; no wart; behind head, Greek letter Α; circular border of pellets
Reverse Legend:     ΒΑΣΙΛΣΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΣΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΠΑΚΟΡΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΣΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΣΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Reverse Description:     male wearing diadem seated left on throne, extending right hand, grasping hilt of sword in left; to his left, Tyche stands right presenting diadem in right hand, holding scepter in left; above diadem, Greek letters ΘΠΤ; horizontal bar on throne back; in exergue, Greek letters illegible in only known example; seven-line Greek inscription (L73i); no border
Date On Coin:     389 ΘΠΤ [ΔΥΣΤΡΟΥ or ΥΠΕΡΒ?]
Mint:     Seleucia on the Tigris
Primary Reference:     Sellwood 73.1-2 variant (short beard)
Reference2:     cf. Shore 394
Reference3:     PDC 39781 (this coin)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=153500
Special Comments:     PDC 59910
Grade:     VF, porous.
Notes:     Triton XIII (5 Jan 2010), lot 756. From the Todd A. Ballen Collection. Ex Dr. Robert Gonnella Collection (Peus 388, 1 November 2006), lot 628; G. Hirsch 226 (13 February 2003), lot 1650.