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Offline Desibot

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Parthia fake
« on: June 18, 2020, 08:09:29 PM »
Hi guys thought on this 16gram coin

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Offline britanico

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Re: Parthia fake
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2020, 12:34:17 AM »
Interesting fantasy piece using a Sellwood Type 49 portrait (his Pacorus I). Pacorus I was Orodes II's son and heir but died in a skirmish. Only drachms and chalkoi of this type were issued. Did it come from one of the Pakistan forgers?

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Re: Parthia fake
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2020, 09:28:44 AM »
I know strictly nothing about these coins. Just wondering how you get from ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ to Pacorus.

Peter
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Re: Parthia fake
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2020, 04:40:37 PM »
Peter:

All the Parthian rulers took the title "Arsakes", the name of the first Parthian King and founder of the Arsakid dynasty. The Arsakes personal name doesn't appear on Parthian tetradrachms until the first century CE.

The reverse of this fantasy piece is based on a much earlier type than the obverse - probably a Sellwood 19 - that was issued about 80 years earlier.

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Re: Parthia fake
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2020, 05:20:33 PM »
Thanks. Much like Ceasar morphed from a family name to a title, I suppose.

Peter
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