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Help identifying ancient coin | Parthian drachm, c. 80 BC

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 Posted 02/11/2012  3:13 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add vanyelmoon to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Hello,

I have been collecting coins since I was about eight years old. I always just bought what I thought appealing. In my collection I have this ancient coin, which I believe is Persian. If anyone can help identify it, I will be most grateful. Thank you in advance for any help provided.





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 Posted 02/11/2012  3:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add svslav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hello, vanyelmoon, and welcome!

You pictures don't seem to want to reveal themselves (at least to me).
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Sorry about that. I am new to the forum and keep having problems posting pictures. Here are the photobucket links:

http://s1148.photobucket.com/albums...persian1.jpg

http://s1148.photobucket.com/albums...persian2.jpg
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Thank you for your help, Apollo
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 Posted 02/11/2012  6:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mass to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i think its Parthians coins http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthia
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 Posted 02/12/2012  04:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep, it's definitely a Parthian silver coin, a drachm judging by the strange shape. To confirm the denomination, can you tell us the size and weight?

Grifterrec has some excellent summary pages on Parthian coins. On the basis of the portrait, I think it might be a coin of "the unknown king II", circa 81-70 BC. See This page on Parthia.com for more examples.
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 Posted 02/12/2012  06:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vanyelmoon to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the identification. The measurements are 26mm by 16mm as it is oblong. I just ordered a scale and when I am able to weigh the coin I will update the thread. After looking at the pictures I agree with the "Unknown King." Thank you very much everyone! javascript:insertsmilie('')
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 Posted 03/01/2012  08:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vanyelmoon to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi! I just wanted to update with the weight of the coin as I got my scale(finally!). It weighs 3.8g.
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 Posted 03/13/2012  10:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry for being slack in verifying this one. Yes, at that size and weight, it's a drachm.

Now it's identified properly, I'll be moving it to the Ancients forum.
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