Mithridates II (123-88 BC)
AE Chalkous. 2.49g, 14.5mm
MINTED: Ecbatana mint, circa 123-88 BC
REF: Sellwood 26.29
OBVERSE: Bearded bust left wearing diadem; behind bust, Greek letter M.
REVERSE: Bow in case; no border; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ around.
Ex Parthicus Collection.
Fine. Light green patina.
Scarce small bronze issue.
Mithridates was one of the most successful of the Parthian kings, and during his rule, the Parthian kingdom rose to the status of a great power. He conquered Babylonia, Armenia, Characene, and Osrhoene, and sent envoys to negotiate agreements with both the Romans as well as the Chinese. He reigned for 36 years.
PARTHIAN EMPIRE . Mithridates II (123-88 BC) . AE Chalkous . Ex Parthicus Coll.
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