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Sold as Elymaean, but I have doubts.... Indo-Parthian usurper Sanabares

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 Posted 12/06/2017  12:07 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Got a nice mid-sized lot of random Eastern coins at the last Naumann auction. Lots of Elymais issues, but this one stuck out. After turning it around for a while, I realized it had the standard Arsaces with bow reverse! Googled around and can only find one match:

Indo-Parthian Kingdom
Sanabares (Usurper, 50-65 AD)
AE drachm, 15mm x 3.74g
Bearded bust left with poofy hair pulled to the back and sides
Arsaces seated with bow, Greek around BASILEWS SANABARES

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 Posted 12/06/2017  6:06 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Steve I agree with your ID, his coins are not very common. When I feel a little better I'll see if I can find reference number in Mitchiner.
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Neat little bronze from the eastern region of Parthia, Steve. Sellwood type 93 - can't pin it down better than that since the reverse monogram under the bow is so worn. The best online gallery for these is Schatz's at Forum:

Her lead-in page to the gallery states this:

Quote: most likely a Parthian prince or sub king who ruled in one of the Eastern provinces of the empire in what is now Turkmenistan (Margiane = Merv) around 125 AD. He is probably not identical with an Indo-Parthian ruler of the same name who struck coins in Seistan ( = Sakastan in Eastern Iran) and Arachiosa (in today's Afghanistan) and belongs to the Gondopharan dynasty. There is great confusion in the literature, some authors think that there was just one Sanabares from the Gondophares line, an Indo-Parthian, in the province of Seistan. Dates are uncertain, too, they range between the first and third century AD.

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