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Ancient Parthian Silver Drachm Pendant,c.123 - 88 BC
$ 385

You are considering a lovely ancient Parthian silver drachm of Mithradates II, 123 - 88 BC

The coin is beautifully mounted on 18 karat gold handmade pendant

Measurements: Height: 3.2 cm - Width: 2.3 cm

Obverse: bearded bust left wearing diadem, pellet-ended torque
Reverse: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; square four-line Greek inscription with guide lines

Mithradates II was the eighth Parthian king. One of the greatest Parthian kings, he defeated all Seleucid attempts to reclaim their Eastern territories and made Parthia into a formidable, unified empire. He made contact with Rome and introduced new titles and designs on his extensive coinage. He adopted the title Epiphanes, "god manifest".
Late in his reign [Justin XLII.2.7], Mithradates II exerted his influence in Great Armenia where he took as hostage a prince who was to become Tigranes the Great of Armenia

The Parthian Empire is a fascinating period of Persian history closely connected to Greece and Rome. Ruling from 247 B.C. to A.D. 228 in ancient Persia (Iran), the Parthians defeated Alexander the Great's successors, the Seleucids, conquered most of the Middle East and southwest Asia, controlled the Silk Road and built Parthia into an Eastern superpower. The Parthian empire revived the greatness of the Achaemenid empire and counterbalanced Rome's hegemony in the West. Parthia at one time occupied areas now in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaidzhan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel

Found in Samaria north of Jerusalem, Israel

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