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