KINGDOM OF ELYMAIS
Orodes II, circa early-mid 2nd century AD
AE Drachm. 3.64g, 15.5mm
MINTED: Uncertain mint (Susa?), circa early-mid 2nd century AD
REF: Sear GIC 5908; van’t Haaff 13.1.1-2 (Kamnashires-Orodes III)
OBVERSE: Bearded diademed bust facing, bunches of hair at sides and on top; to right, pellet inside crescent above anchor with single cross bar.
REVERSE: Draped facing bust of Belos, horns on forehead and tufts of hair on each side of head; circular legend around.
A nicely-detailed piece.
Elymais, in present day Iran, was the biblical Elam, a region that was supposedly rich in silver and gold. The kings that ruled there from the 2nd century BC began as semiautonomous vassals of the Parthian Empire, with the later (Arsacid) kings being themselves descended from Parthian nobility. The historian Appian of Alexandria wrote of Elymais's dextrous archers who rode on the backs of camels. It was eventually subsumed by the Sasanian Empire in the 3rd century AD.
KINGDOM OF ELYMAIS . Orodes II, circa early - mid 2nd century AD . AE Drachm
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