Parthian Coin of Arsaces I

Parthian Coin of Arsaces I
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Arsaces I (247-211 B.C.)

Mint: Nisa (Located in Modern Turkmenistan)

Obv: beardless head wearing bashlyk;

Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated left on backless throne, holding bow in left hand.

Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΟΣ which means Arsaces the Autocrat. He was the founder of the Parthian empire which ruled over Iran for almost five centuries.


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