Ancient Persia: Parthian Coins for Sale
The Parthian Empire was a middle Persian dynasty which fell between the Achaemenid and Sassanian Dynasties of Persia (Iran). It was founded by Mithridates the Great in 171 BC and lasted for 400 years until its final demise at the hands of Ardashir I, first Sassanian Persian king, between 206-224 AD.



Parthia, ancient Persia. King Orodes II, 57 - 38 BC silver drachm. Bearded bust of king left / Archer seated on throne, holding bow, Greek legend around. 21 mm, 3.88 g. Los Angeles, CA collection, purchased at a Long Beach, CA coin shop in the mid 1960's. Deep grey cabinet patina. #CP2001: $110 SOLD

Parthia, ancient Persia. Vologases III 105-147 AD. Silver drachm. Bare-headed bust of king left, wearing diadem / Archer seated with bow right, "King of Kings" Greek inscription around. ref: Sellwood 78.5. 23 mm, 3.73 g. EF, practically mint state! ex-Frank S. Robinson collection, NY. #CP2063: $199


Parthia, ancient Persia. King Artabanus II, A.D. 10 - 38 AD. Silver drachm, Ecbatana mint. Bare-headed bust left, wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends; border of dots / Archer, seated right on throne, holding bow, monogram below, Greek inscription around. ref: Sellwood 63.6, Shore 341. ex-Frank S. Robinson, Albany, NY. Set into nice silver bezel. dia: 21 mm. Gorgeous! #CP2114: $299


Parthia, ancient Persia. Vardanes I, 40-45 AD. Huge silver tetradrachm. Diademed and cuirassed bust of king left / King enthroned right, receiving palm branch from Tyche holding cornucopiae. Legend "BACILEWC BACILEWN ARCAKOY EVEPGETOY DIKAIOY EPIPHANOVC PHILELLHNOC," year and month dates above palm ("GNT") and in exergue respectively. AVF, with good silver and lovely tone; nice bold appearance. 27 mm, 13.57 g. ref: Sellwood 64.28-30. A pleasing example! ex-Frank S. Robinson, Albany, NY. CP2115: $225 SOLD


Parthia, ancient Persia. Sinatruces, 95-70 BC. Silver drachm. Ornate bust of king left, with long beard / Archer seated right, Greek legend around. ref: GC-7394. 19 mm, 4.02 g. ex-Guildcraft, purchased in 1992. #CP2008: $199

Parthia, ancient Persia. Vologases III 105-147 AD. Silver drachm. Bare-headed bust of king left, wearing diadem / Archer seated with bow right, "King of Kings" Greek inscription around. ref: Sellwood 78.3-78.4. 20.5 mm, 3.63 g. EF, practically mint state! ex-Frank S. Robinson, Albany, NY. #CP2116: $199



Parthia, ancient Persia. Vologases III 105-147 AD. Silver drachm. Bare-headed bust of king left, wearing diadem / Archer seated with bow right, "King of Kings" Greek inscription around. ref: Sellwood 78.3-4. Choice EF, virtually as-struck! 20 mm, 2.91 g. ex-Frank S. Robinson collection. #CP2028: $199


Parthia, ancient Persia. King Orodes I, 90-80 BC. Silver drachm. Bearded bust left wearing tiara with six-pointed star, circular border of pellets / Beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; Greek inscription. ref: Sellwood 31.5. 22 mm, 3.72 g. ex-Frank S. Robinson collection, Albany, NY. #CP2006: $199


Parthia, ancient Persia. Mithradates II. 121-91 BC. Fourre drachm. Diademed and draped bust left, with long beard / Archer seated right on throne, holding bow, Greek inscription around. ref: Sellwood 27.1v; Shore 85v. 18 mm, 4.07 g. Probably a contemporary counterfeit. #CP2014: $65


King Vologases III, 105-147 AD. Silver drachm. Bare-headed bust left with medium, pointed beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends; earring visible; border of dots / Archer seated right on throne holding bow, monogram below, Greek legend around. 21 mm, 3.67 g. Near-EF! Nice dark gray cabinet tone. ref: Sellwood 78.2. ex-Frank S. Robinson, Albany, NY. Rare beard style. #CP2078: $145 SOLD

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King Gozartes I, 95 - 90 BC silver drachm, Ecbatana mint.
obv: King's bust facing left, wearing tiara with stag devices around top, long beard. rev: Beardless archer, seated on throne, holding bow. BASILEOS MEGALOY ARSAKOY THEOPATROY NIKATOROS in Greek (legend read from outside-in). 19 mm; 3.9 g. GV0492 / #129: $58.00
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King Vologases III, 105-147 AD. AR Drachm, Ecbatana mint. obv: bare-headed bust left with long, pointed beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends; earring visible; border of dots / rev: archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram 26; archer's seat omitted; Greek legend ii. Sellwood 78.4; 21 mm; 3.6 g. #GV0490: $95.00 SOLD

King Artabanus II, 10 - 38 AD. AR Drachm, Ecbatana mint. obv: bare-headed bust left with medium square cut beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, earring visible / rev/ archer seated right on throne holding bow. Somewhat blundered Greek legend; below bow monogram. Sellwood 63.6, Shore 341 variant. 22 mm; 3.8 g. Wonderful high relief specimen! #GV0488: $85
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King Orodes II 57 - 38 BC silver drachm.
obv: King's bust left, star before / crescent moon behind. rev: Archer seated on throne, holding bow, BASILEOS BASILEON MEGALOY ARSAKOY KAIKTISOY in Greek. $55.00
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King Orodes I, 90-80 BC. AR Drachm, Ecbatana mint. obv: bearded bust left wearing tiara with six-pointed star; griffin ended torque; circular border of pellets / rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; Greek inscription. ref: Sellwood 31.8 var. 20 mm; 3.7 g. #GV0494: $75
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King Orodes I, 90-80 BC. Silver drachm, Ecbatana mint. obv: bearded bust left wearing tiara with six-pointed star; griffin ended torque; circular border of pellets / rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; Greek inscription. ref: Sellwood 31.8 var. 20 mm; 4.0 g. #GV0493: $75
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King Gotarzes I, 95-90 BC. Silver Drachm, Ecbatana mint. obv: long-bearded bust left wearing tiara (T33i) with single-pellet ended torque; circular border of pellets / rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; Greek inscription. ref: Sellwood 33.1(sim). 20 mm; 4.0 g. Near-EF for type, Excellent detail! #GV0497: $155
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King Orodes II, 57 - 38 BC. Silver drachm.
obv: King's bust left, star before / crescent moon behind. rev: Archer seated on throne, holding bow, Greek: BASILEOS BASILEON MEGALOY ARSAKOY KAIKTISOY (or sim.)
#1285: $85 SOLD

RARE: Persis. King Vadfradad IV, c. 100-150 AD.
Silver obol. King's bust left in Parthian tiara / Slightly cruder bust left; AEF/VF+, well centered & struck for this. good metal, an overall highly pleasing example. 10 mm, 0.65 grams. ref: Altram-625.
#GV0508: $210 SOLD


King Orodes II, 57-38 BC. Silver drachm, Nice VF
obv: bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; star before, crescent above star behind; circular border of pellets / rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, anchor; below bow, monogram; Greek inscription. ref: Sellwood 48.6 (sim). 19 mm; 3.1 g. Nice VF with excellent cabinet toning. #GV0485: $125
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King Artabanus II, A.D. 10 - 38 AD. Silver drachm, Ecbatana mint. obv: Bare-headed bust left with medium square cut beard, wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, hair almost straight, earring visible; border of dots. / rev: Beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; below bow monogram; Greek inscription on left read from outside. ref: Sellwood 63.6, Shore 341. 20 mm; 3.0 g. #GV0498: $85
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King Vologases III, 105-147 AD. Silver drachm. obv/ bare-headed bust left with long, pointed beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends; earring visible; border of dots / rev: archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram 26; archer's seat omitted; Greek legend. Sellwood 78.4. 19 mm; 2.4 g. A beauty! #GV0489: $115 SOLD


King Vologases IV, 147-191 AD. Silver drachm, Ecbatana mint. obv: Bearded bust of king left, wearing diademed tiara with ear flap and hooked appendages, diadem ends as three lines; border of dots. / rev: Beardless archer, wearing kyrbasia and cloak, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; in front, no pellet above bow, below bow monogram 26; Pahlavi inscription: VoLGaĆ I MaLKa, Greek inscription is Sellwood iv. Sellwood 84.132, Shore 434. 20 mm; 3.6 g. Nice detail and cabinet toning. #GV0486: $125
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King Vologases III, 105-147 AD. Silver drachm. obv/ bare-headed bust left with long, pointed beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends; earring visible; border of dots / rev: archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram 26; archer's seat omitted; Greek legend. Sellwood 78.4. 20 mm; 3.5 g. #GV0491: $95
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King Mithradates III, 57-54 BC. Silver drachm, Court at Mithradatkart mint. obv: short-bearded bust left wearing double-banded diadem and segmented necklet with medallion; circular border of pellets / rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow, monogram [~~]; no border; Greek inscription. ref: Sellwood 40.4, Peus 388, Lanz 64, Shore 192. 19 mm; 3.9 g. #GV0495: $150
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King Orodes II, 57-38 BC. Silver drachm, Ecbatana mint
obv: bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; star before, crescent above star behind; circular border of pellets / rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, anchor; below bow, Greek inscription. ref: Sellwood 48.6 (sim). 21 mm; 4.0 g. Highly desirable near-EF with all major details present. #GV0483: $125
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King Vologases I, 51-78 AD. Silver drachm, Ecbatana mint.
Bare-headed bust left with beard tapering but square cut, wart on brow, earring visible; wearing diadem with loop at the top and two ends; wavy hair. Neck torque has no end; beaded border / Archer seated right on throne holding bow; below bow monogram 26, Greek inscription. 20 mm, 3.40 g. Ex-Frank Robinson collection. Excellent cabinet-tone. ref: Sellwood 70.13 #8596: $99 SOLD

Parthia, ancient Persia. Large and magnificent silver tetradrachm. Rare type! King not yet identified. Obv: Diademed and cuirassed bust of king left, with short beard / Rev: King enthroned left, holding winged Victory (Nike) who crowns him with a laurel wreath. Great cabinet tone - from an old collection. Huge 28 mm, 12.52 g. #85322: $350 SOLD
Parthia, ancient Persia. Osroes II, c. 190 AD. Silver drachm. His bearded bust left wearing tiara / Stylized seated archer rt. holding bow, inscription around. 19 mm, 3.68 g. ref: Sellwood 85.3. ex-Frank S. Robinson collection. #CP2029: $175 SOLD

Parthia, ancient Persia. Mithradates II. 121-91 BC. Silver drachm. Diademed and draped bust left / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on omphalos, holding bow, Greek inscription around. ref: Sellwood 26.3. 21 mm, 4.11 g. ex-Frank S. Robinson collection, Albany, NY. Glorious coin! #CP2005: $275 SOLD

Parthian Kingdom. Vologases III, 105-147 AD. Silver drachm. Bare-headed bust of king left, wearing diadem with three lace ends / Archer seated with bow right, "King of Kings" Greek inscription around. Bold strike! 19 mm, 3.79g. ref: Shore 413FF, Sellwood 78.3. choice EF. ex-Stephen Album collection. #CP2016: $199 SOLD

Parthia, ancient Persia. Phraates IV, 38-2 BC. Bust of king left, crescent moon before, eagle behind / Archer seated on throne, holding bow, Greek legend around. Long and narrow, strangely shaped! 24 mm, 3.53 g. ex-Guildcraft, purchased 1992. Interesting! #CP2009: $99 SOLD


King Orodes II, 57-38 BC. Silver drachm, Ecbatana mint
obv: bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; star before, crescent above star behind; circular border of pellets / rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, anchor; below bow, monogram; Greek inscription. ref: Sellwood 48.6 (sim). 21 mm; 4.0 g. An excellent example, VF.
#GV0484: $125 SOLD

Parthia, ancient Persia. Mithradates II. 121-91 BC. Silver drachm, Rhagai mint. Diademed and draped bust left / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow, Greek inscription around. 20mm, 4.12 g. ref: Sellwood 27.1; Shore 85. Good VF. Ex-Classical Numismatic Galleries. #2410142: $165 SOLD

Parthia, ancient Persia. Mithradates II. 121-91 BC. Silver drachm, Ekbatana mint. Diademed and draped bust left / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on omphalos, holding bow, Greek inscription around. 19mm, 3.95 g. ref: Sellwood 24.10; Shore 70. Excellent coin! Lightly toned. Ex-Classical Numismatic Galleries. #2410139: SOLD
Parthia, ancient Persia. King Gotarzes II, 48 - 49 AD. Large silver tetradrachm, Seleucia on the Tigris mint, dated year 360. Diademed bust of king left, with long beard / King seated on throne, Tyche of Antioch standing left, giving him diadem and holding cornucopiae. Greek legend. ref: Shore 358. 10.30 g, 26 mm. Ex-Frank Robinson coll. Beautiful! #part8571: $225
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King Gotarzes II, 40-51 AD. Silver drachm, Ecbatana mint. Bare-headed bust left, long rectangular beard, earring visible; diadem with loop at the top and three ends; royal wart on forehead / Beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; Greek inscription, legend on left read from outside; monogram below bow. Choice patina! 20 mm, 3.84 g. Sellwood 65.31. #8633: $125 SOLD

King Phraates IV, 38-2 BC. Silver tetradrachm.
Large 28 mm diameter! Diademed and cuirassed bust of king left, with short beard. rev: Athena standing before the seated king, holding diadem and sceptre, Greek inscription "BACILEWS BACILEWN ARSAKOY EYEPGETOY DIKAIOY EPIPHANOYS PHILELLHNOS," date "PANHMOV". ref: Sellwood 52.4. A beauty! #part0181: $249
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King Phraates IV, 38-2 BC. Silver tetradrachm. Massive 30 mm; 13.0 g. obv: Diademed and cuirassed bust of king left, with short beard. rev: Tyche holding cornucopia, presenting palm branch to king, Greek inscription "BACILEWS BACILEWN ARSAKOY EYEPGETOY DIKAIOY EPIPHANOYS PHILELLHNOS," Date "BC-GOP" ref: Sellwood 51.8. Killer reverse with all detail! #GV0344-0157: $210
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King Phraates IV, 38-2 BC. Silver tetradrachm. Large 28 mm diameter! Diademed and cuirassed bust of king left, with short beard. rev: Tyche holding cornucopia, presenting palm branch to king, Greek inscription "BACILEWS BACILEWN ARSAKOY EYEPGETOY DIKAIOY EPIPHANOYS PHILELLHNOS," date "-KIZ-". ref: Sellwood 51.43 (var) Beautiful cabinet-tone. A stunning example. #3077: $249 SOLD

Parthia, ancient Persia. King Artabanus II, 10 - 38 AD. Silver Drachm, Ecbatana mint. obv: bare-headed bust left with medium square cut beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, earring visible / rev: archer seated right on throne holding bow. Greek legend around. 22 mm, 3.75 g. ref: Sellwood 63.6, Shore 341 var.
#part8555: $110 SOLD

Parthia, ancient Persia. King Gotarzes II, 40-51 AD. Silver drachm. Bare-headed bust left, long rectangular beard, earring visible; diadem with loop at the top and three ends; royal wart on forehead / Beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; Greek inscription, legend on left read from outside; monogram below bow. Sellwood 65.333. Near-EF. 23 mm, 3.75 g. ex-Frank S Robinson collection, NY. #0412075: $125 SOLD

Parthia, ancient Persia. Phraates IV, 38-2 BC. Bust of king left, crescent moon before, eagle behind / Archer seated on throne, holding bow, Greek legend around. 19 mm, 3.61 g. ex-Guildcraft, purchased 1992. #CP2007: $150 SOLD

Parthia, ancient Persia. King Artabanus II, 10 - 38 AD. Silver Drachm. Bare-headed bust left with square cut beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, earring visible / Archer seated right on throne holding bow, Greek legend around. 22 mm, 3.66 g. ref: Sellwood 63.6, Shore 341 var. VF-EF. ex-Frank S. Robinson collection, NY. #CP2062: $175 SOLD

Parthia, ancient Persia. King Mithradates V. Silver drachm, struck c. 140 AD. Diademed, bearded bust of king left / Archer seated right on omphalos, holding bow, Greek inscription around. Ref: Sellwood 82.1. 20 mm, 3.66 g. Scarce distinctive type with only 2 diadem ribbons. Ex Fred Shore, author of the definitive books on the subject. #CP2098: $225 SOLD


Parthia, ancient Persia. Vardanes I, 40-45 AD. Silver tetradrachm, struck at Seleucia. Bust of Vardanes left, with pointed beard, ear covered, wart over left eye / King enthrones right, receiving palm branch from Tyche holding cornucopiae. Legend "BACILEWC BACILEWN ARCAKOY EVEPGETOY DIKAIOY EPIPHANOVC PHILELLHNOC," year and month dates above palm ("GNT") and in exergue respectively. AVF, with good silver with moderate tone in recesses, minor graffiti in obv field and bankers-mark behind beard; nice bold appearance. 27 mm, 14.12 g. ref: Sellwood 64.28-30. A pleasing example! #fsr068-GV0709: $225 SOLD

King Gotarzes II, 40-51 AD. Silver drachm, Ecbatana mint. Bare-headed bust left, long rectangular beard, earring visible; diadem with loop at the top and three ends; royal wart on forehead / Beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; Greek inscription, legend on left read from outside; monogram below bow. Choice patina! 20 mm, 3.84 g. Sellwood 65.31. #8633: $125 SOLD

King Vologases III, 105-147 AD. Silver drachm, Ecbatana mint. obv: bare-headed bust left with long, pointed beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends; earring visible; border of dots / rev: archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram 26; archer's seat omitted; Greek legend ii. Sellwood 78.4. 22 mm; 3.77 g. Extremely fine condition with near-mint lustre - as good as these come! #8948: $299 SOLD
Parthia, ancient Persia. King Artabanus II, 10 - 38 AD. Silver Drachm. Bare-headed bust left with medium square cut beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends, earring visible / Archer seated right on throne holding bow. Greek legend around. 20 mm, 3.65 g. ref: Sellwood 63.6, Shore 341 var. Excellent cabinet tone! Ex-Frank S. Robinson collection. #fsr20197: $110
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King Vologases III, 105-147 AD. Silver drachm. Bare-headed bust left with long, pointed beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends; earring visible; border of dots / Archer seated right on throne holding bow, monogram below, Greek legend around. 19 mm, 3.62 g. Near-EF! Sellwood 78.5. ex-Frank S. Robinson collection. A gorgeous example. #fsr21472: $149
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Parthian Kingdom. Vonones II, silver drachm struck 51 AD. His helmeted facing bust, star to left & right, die break above the right star / Archer seated with bow right, Greek inscription around, monogram A below. 21 mm, 3.73g. ref: Shore 368, Sellwood 67.1. VF. ex-Stephen Album collection. #CP2015: $199 SOLD

Parthian Kingdom. Pakoros I, c. 78-120 AD. Silver drachm, Ekbatana mint. Diademed bust left wearing tiara, with long pointed beard / Archer seated right, holding bow; below bow, monogram.Greek script around. 21.7 mm, 3.47 g. ref: Sellwood 78.3; Shore 413. VF. Rare ruler! #CP2120: $199 SOLD