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Mithradates I (c. 171 - 138 B.C.)

ΜΙΘΡΑΔΑΤΗΣ

Fifth king of Parthia, and the king who established Parthia as an ancient world power. He was the brother of Phraates I, and the son of Phriapatius. He was the father of Phraates II. See the genealogy chart.

We do not know the exact date of his accession, but he is mentioned by Justin [XLI.6] as a contemporary of Bactria's Eucratides and Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Antiochus IV campaigned in Iran to return the territories lost by Arsaces II.

Mithradates I may have campaigned into Tapuria and Traxiana shortly after succeeding to the throne. The death of Antiochus IV in 164 B.C. would certainly have reduced pressure on Parthia from the west. From 161 - 155 B.C. Mithradates waged a long war with Media, the success of which was long unsure. The best account appears to be that Timarkhos, Seleucid satrap of Media lost some territory in the area of Rhagae and farther east, to Mithradates I, while the Seleucid reconquest did not recover this land but did recapture Ecbatana. According to Justin,1  Mithradates I had to fight many times in Media and Frye2  believes it conceivable that the Seleucids held only the city and the lowlands to the west of Ecbatana at the time the relief at Herakles was carved, approximately 148 B.C.

The acquisition of Media opened the door to Mesopotamia for Parthian expansion into that fertile territory.3  Mithradates entered the royal city of Seleucia and was recognized as King on or before July 8, 141 B.C. Before October 141 B.C., Mithradates sovereignty was acknowledged as far south as Uruk. But by December, incursions of the  Sakae into Hyrcania forced him away to the east. Mithradates turned over military command to a Parthian commander and the remainder of his reign was occupied with campaigns in southern and central Parthia.4  Mithradates was no sooner gone than Demetrius returned to the attack, joined by Elymais and Persis (and perhaps Bactrian troops), but Demetrius was soon captured and sent to Mithradates in Hyrcania. He was well treated, however, and given Rhodogune, Mithradates' daughter, in marriage. As punishment for joining Demetrius against the Parthians, Elymais was looted, where the temples of Artemis and Athena yielded "ten thousand talents."5  Since the Parthians were established at Susa shortly after the death of Mithradates, that territory was probably added to the empire by him.6  At his death, the Parthian empire included Parthia proper, Hyrcania, Media, Babylonia, Assyria, Elymais, Persis (?), and the districts of Tapuria and Traxiana.

Scholars originally accepted Mithradates I died peacefully in 138/137 B.C., a date fixed by the date of his final tetradrachm (S13.5, dated 174 Seleucid era), and cuneiform evidence, but recent works by Dabrowa8 and others suggest the end of Mithradates I's reign was in 132 B.C.

With the name Mithradates, we may safely assume that worship of the god Mithra was officially sanctioned in Parthia.7

Click here to view the inscriptions on this king's coins.

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Notes:
1. Justin (XLI, 6)
2. Frye, History (1984), p. 210
3. Debevoise, Political History, 18-19
4. Debevoise, 24
5. Strabo, XVI, i, 18
6. Debevoise, 26
7. Debevoise, 27
8. Dabrowa, Les aspects politiques et militaires de la conquete parthe de la Mezopotamie (2005), p. 73

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Coins in the name of Arsaces attributed to Mithradates I

The attributions and cataloging of Parthian coins used throughout this web site follow David Sellwood's An Introduction to the Coinage of Parthia (1980, 2nd edition) for consistency. The few exceptions to this policy are explained here.

Click on coin images to enlarge:

Sellwood Type 7

PDC 29430 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.36g 19mm 12h (PDC 29430)
Mint: Hecatompylos
Obv: beardless head left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; behind archer, single-word Greek inscription read from outside = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 7.1 [9 in db]
- CNG Online Coin Shop, item 756419 (May 2005) (this coin)
- BMC Parthia not listed
- Mitchiner ACW 462
- Shore not listed
PDC 34787 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 3.27g 16mm 12h (PDC 34787)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless head left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: goddess standing left, wreath in right hand, long palm branch in left; no border; behind goddess, single-word Greek inscription read from inside = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Thomas K. Mallon, The Coins and History of Asia
- Sellwood 7.2 [6 in db]
PDC 47677 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 2.85g 16mm (PDC 47677)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless head left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: goddess standing left, wreath in right hand, long palm branch in left; no border; behind goddess, single-word retrograde Greek inscription read from outside = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Pars Coins
- Sellwood 7.2 variant (legend retrograde) [4 in db]
PDC 2103 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous (PDC 2103)
Mint: Hecatompylos
Obv: beardless head left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: goddess standing left, wreath in right hand, long palm branch in left; no border; behind goddess, the second Α of ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ is inverted in the single-word Greek inscription read from inside = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Najaf Coins & Collectibles
- Sellwood 7.2 variant (Α inverted) [2 in db]

Sellwood Type 8

PDC 6226 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.82g (PDC 6226)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; behind archer, single-word Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 17
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 8.1 [20 in db]
PDC 23272 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Obol 0.59g (PDC 23272)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless head left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; behind archer, single-word Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: David Sellwood, 2090 (Tray 24)
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 8.1 variant (obol) [1 in db]
PDC 29459 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 4.70g 1h (PDC 29459)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless head left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse walking right; circular border of pellets; above horse, single-word retrograde Greek inscription read from inside = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 8.2 [41 in db]
- CNG 69 (8 Jun 2005), lot 752 (this coin)
- Shore 22
PDC 6177 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 4.31g (PDC 6177)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless head left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse walking right; circular border of pellets; above horse, single-word retrograde Greek inscription read from outside = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Note: Vitrine Xii, no. 1858 br.
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 10 [a]
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 8.2 variant (legend read from outside) [4 in db]
- Le Rider, Suse sous les Séleucides et les Parthes (1965), cf. p.313
PDC 11979 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 14mm (PDC 11979)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless head left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant walking right; no border; above elephant, single-word Greek inscription read from inside = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Sir A. Cunningham
Photo from Catalogue of the Coins of Parthia (BMC Parthia, 1903)
- Sellwood 8.3 [7 in db]
- BMC Parthia, p. 2, 2; plate 1, no. 2 (Tiridates I and Arsaces) (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 38756)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless head left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant head left; no border; below head, single-word Greek inscription read from inside = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Note: Tray 22, 2281
Current collection: David Sellwood, 2281 (Tray 22)
- Sellwood 8.3 variant (elephant head left) [1 in db]
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 38755)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless head left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant head right; no border; below head, single-word Greek inscription read from inside = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Note: Tray 22, 2462
Current collection: David Sellwood, 2462 (Tray 22)
- Sellwood 8.3 variant (elephant head right) [1 in db]
PDC 27954 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 1.95g 19mm (PDC 27954)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless head left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant walking right; no border; above elephant, single-word retrograde Greek inscription read from inside = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Najaf Coins & Collectibles
- Sellwood 8.3 variant (retrograde legend) [3 in db]

Sellwood Type 9

PDC 4705 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.73g (PDC 4705)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 9.1 [80 in db]
- 53418 (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.99g (PDC 2673)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand with monogram [Shore 100] below bow; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
- Sellwood 9.1 variant (monogram [Shore 100] below bow) [1 in db]
- Shore 11 (this coin)
- CNG 36 (5-6 Dec 1995), lot 11 (this coin)
PDC 34177 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.98g (PDC 34177)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Note: The reel-and-pellet border may have been cut into the obverse after manufacture. A modern tooling?
Photo by Nilus Coins (Bill Kalmbach)
- Sellwood 9.1 variant (obv reel and pellet border) [1 in db]
- Shore 7
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.35g 12h (PDC 21071)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; two-line Greek inscription with retrograde ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, read from inside = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Current collection: Museum of Yerevan, 19798/31; 17349/31
Photo from Mousheghian, Moneta 17
- Sellwood 9.1 variant (retrograde ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, read from inside) [1 in db]
- Mousheghian, Moneta 17, pl.3, 32 (this coin)
PDC 23653 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.14g (PDC 23653)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in exergue, Greek letter Ν; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 9.2 [5 in db]
PDC 31679 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.22g (PDC 31679)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in exergue, Greek letter Σ; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 9.3 [4 in db]
- Peus 384 (1 Nov 2005), Lot 365 (this coin)
- Peus 333 (6 May 1992), lot 390 (this coin)
- Triton XIII (5 Jan 2010), lot 514 (this coin)
PDC 39495 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.86g (PDC 39495)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in exergue, Greek letter C (lunate Sigma); no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 9.4 [2 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 286 (this coin)
- Peus 321 (1988), lot 261 (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 11 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
PDC 42175 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Triobol 1.95g 14mm (PDC 42175)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ [Β]ΑΙΛΕΩΣ
Photo by Indus Numismatic Gallery
- Sellwood 9.5 [2 in db]
- Senior, Journal of the ONS No. 195 (Spring 2008) "A few more new Indo-Greek and Indo-Scythian discoveries", p.16 (this coin)
PDC 6198 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Diobol 1.69g (PDC 6198)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Note: acq. 1963
Previous collection: Drouin
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, R 3555
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 9.6 [2 in db]
PDC 32773 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Obol 0.71g 12mm (PDC 32773)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; two-line Greek inscription; no border = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 9.7 [16 in db]
- CNG E-Auction 133 (15 Feb 2006), lot 102 (this coin)
- Shore 20
PDC 5887 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Obol 0.67g (PDC 5887)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ is retrograde and read from inside on two-line Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Photo by Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzenhandlung
- Sellwood 9.7 variant (retrograde ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, read from inside) [3 in db]
- Gorny & Mosch Auktion 152 (10 Oct 2006), lot 1499 (this coin)
- Shore 20
PDC 23247 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Obol 0.72g (PDC 23247)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk, torque and cloak; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter Σ; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Current collection: David Sellwood, 1865
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 9.7 variant (Σ below bow) [2 in db]

Sellwood Type 10

PDC 3464 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.05g (PDC 3464)
Mint: Hecatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Note: reverse die crack
Photo by Tkalec AG
- Sellwood 10.1 [285 in db]
- Tkalec Auktion 2000, Lot 193 (this coin)
PDC 361 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR fourrée Drachm (PDC 361)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Doug Smith
- Sellwood 10.1 variant (fourrée) [2 in db]
PDC 5904 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.6g 18mm (PDC 5904)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription, but some letters retrograde = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Marc Breitsprecher, Ancient Imports
- Sellwood 10.1 variant (retrograde letters in legend) [2 in db]
PDC 46822 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.9g (PDC 46822)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line; no border; ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ is misspelled in three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΣΑΚΥ
Photo by Indus Numismatic Gallery
- Sellwood 10.1 variant (ΑΣΑΚΥ in legend) [2 in db]
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 27987)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in exergue, monogram ΕΜΩ(?); exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 10.3 [0 in db]
PDC 39891 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.96g 21mm 10h (PDC 39891)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in field right, Greek letter Ι; exergual line, monogram ΕΜΩ(?); no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 10.3 variant (Ι in field right) [3 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 289f (this coin)
- CNG 33 (1995), lot 413 (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 14 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
PDC 20705 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.78g (PDC 20705)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in exergue, Greek letter Ν; exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 10.4 [5 in db]
- Peus 376 (Oct 2003), Lot 577 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
PDC 6980 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.32g 20mm (PDC 6980)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; retrograde Greek letter Γ below exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 10.4 variant (retrograde Γ in exergue) [1 in db]
- BMC Parthia p.3, 12
PDC 15942 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.80g (PDC 15942)
Mint: Nisa
Dated 170 ΟΡ (BC 143-BC 142)
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; Greek letters OP below exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Pars Coins
- Sellwood 10.4 variant (ΟΡ in exergue) [3 in db]
- BMC Parthia not listed
- Shore 16
PDC 46384 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 46384)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line above Greek letter Τ; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Note: 1 of 9
Photo by Najaf Coins & Collectibles
- Sellwood 10.4 variant (Τ in exergue) [2 in db]
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.80g 18.7mm 12h (PDC 45396)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line; no border; below bow, Greek letter N; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, GR5276
Photo by Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
- Sellwood 10.5 [1 in db]
PDC 41652 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.06g 20mm 12h (PDC 41652)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; Greek letter Η below bow; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Indus Numismatic Gallery
- Sellwood 10.5 variant (Η below bow) [1 in db]
PDC 33954 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.04g (PDC 33954)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line; no border; below bow, a "torch" monogram; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 10.6 [12 in db]
- Peus 386 (26-28 April 2006), lot 381 (this coin)
- Shore 15
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 27982)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in exergue, monogram ΕΡΛ?; exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 10.7 [0 in db]
PDC 3872 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.670g 21mm 1h (PDC 3872)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, Greek letter Θ; exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ
Previous collection: Fay coll.
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1944.100.82023
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 10.8 [1 in db]
PDC 4708 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.97g (PDC 4708)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in field left, Greek letter Θ; in field right, monogram [~]; no exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 10.9 [7 in db]
- Peus 363, Lot 5099 (this coin)
PDC 20707 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.06g (PDC 20707)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in field left, Greek letter Θ; in field right, monogram [~]; ΜΕ monogram in exergue; no exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 10.9 variant (no exergual line, ΜΕ monogram in exergue) [6 in db]
- Peus 376 (Oct 2003), Lot 579 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
PDC 23544 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 23544)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in field left, Greek letter Θ; in field right, Greek letter Ι; ΜΕ monogram [~]in exergue; no exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 10.9 variant (no exergual line, ΜΕ monogram in exergue, Ι in field right) [2 in db]
PDC 39499 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.53g (PDC 39499)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no exergual line; no border; irregular die axis; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 10.10 [10 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 291 (this coin)
- Lanz 70 (1994), lot 141 (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 17 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 14468)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter O; exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 10.11 [0 in db]
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 27983)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in field left, Greek letter Theta; in exergue, Greek letter Ν; [exergual line ?]; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 10.12 [0 in db]
PDC 6212 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.61g (PDC 6212)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, Greek letter N; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Seymour de Ricci (?)
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 9
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 10.13 [2 in db]
- BMC Parthia p.3, 11 variant (Ν behind archer)
- Vente J. Kok (19 Jan 1924), lot 95 : 3F (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 27984)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no exergual line; in field left, monogram [~]; no exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 10.14 [0 in db]
PDC 23547 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 23547)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΘΕΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: David Sellwood, 1316 (Tray 6)
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 10.15 [5 in db]
PDC 5564 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.6g 19mm (PDC 5564)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription with blundered combination of ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ and ΘΕΟΥ = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΙΘΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by NumisArt.com (Sam Kazmi)
- Sellwood 10.15 variant (blundered ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ/ΘΕΟΥ legend) [2 in db]
- Sear GCV 7328
- Shore 18
PDC 23545 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 23545)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in field left, Greek letter Theta; in field right, monogram [~]; [exergual line ?]; no border; four-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΜΕΝΕΔ
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 10.16 [1 in db]
- Sellwood, "Deux Notes..." (RN, 1971), p.155 (die match)
PDC 39500 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.99g (PDC 39500)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no exergual line; no border; four-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡ
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 10.17 [7 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 292 (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 18 (this coin)
- Shore 19
PDC 11990 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Diobol 0.99g 15mm (PDC 11990)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Mayhew, Salmon and Whiting
Photo from Catalogue of the Coins of Parthia (BMC Parthia, 1903)
- Sellwood 10.18 [1 in db]
- BMC Parthia, p. 4, 27; plate 1, no. 12 (Phriapatius and Phraates I) (this coin)
PDC 5888 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Obol 0.56g (PDC 5888)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzenhandlung
- Sellwood 10.19 [10 in db]
- Gorny & Mosch Auktion 152 (10 Oct 2006), lot 1500 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
PDC 23278 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Obol 0.60g (PDC 23278)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line; no border; two-line Greek inscription
Current collection: David Sellwood, 2420 (Tray 24)
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 10.19 variant (2 line corrupted legend) [1 in db]
PDC 47561 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Hemiobol 0.31g 10mm 2h (PDC 47561)
Mint?
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; below bow, Greek letter Ο; exergual line; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Provenance: eBay
Current collection: Anne van't Haaff, 2
Photo by Anne van't Haaff
- Sellwood 10.19 variant (hemiobol, Ο below bow) [1 in db]

Sellwood Type 11

PDC 20710 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 20710)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 11.1 [117 in db]
- Peus 376 (Oct 2003), Lot 580c (this coin)
PDC 56848 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.65g (PDC 56848)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; inverted Μ in ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ and retrograde Σ in ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ in three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Auktionen Meister & Sonntag
- Sellwood 11.1 variant (legend inverted Μ, retrograde Σ) [1 in db]
- Meister & Sonntag 6A (30 Sep 2008), lot 48 (this coin)
- Shore 24
PDC 31680 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.94g (PDC 31680)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; circular reel and single pellet border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 11.1 variant (reel and single pellet border) [38 in db]
- Peus 384 (1 Nov 2005), Lot 366 (this coin)
- Classical Numismatic Review XVII.2 (April-June 1992), no. 69 (this coin)
- Lanz 62 (26 Nov 1992), lot 433 (this coin)
- Triton XIII (5 Jan 2010), lot 528 (this coin)
PDC 21735 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 21735)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; circular reel only border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Classical Coins (Dave Welsh)
- Sellwood 11.1 variant (reel only border) [1 in db]
PDC 2478 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.63g (PDC 2478)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Jean Elsen s.a.
- Sellwood 11.2 [4 in db]
- Elsen 59, Lot 291 (this coin)
PDC 6258 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.26g (PDC 6258)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; laurel wreath border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Note: acq. 1963
Previous collection: ex. Coll. Drouin
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, R 3561
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 11.3 [20 in db]
PDC 29815 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Tetradrachm 16.8g (PDC 29815)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; laurel wreath border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in exergue, Greek letter Ν; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Note: only known example
Photo by Najaf Coins & Collectibles
- Sellwood 11.3 variant (tetradrachm) [1 in db]
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 47237)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; laurel wreath border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in field left, Greek letter Ν; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 11.4 [0 in db]
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.0g (PDC 53009)
Mint: Nisa
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; laurel wreath border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; in field right, Greek letter Ν; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo from Mitchiner ACW
- Sellwood 11.4 variant (N in field right) [1 in db]
- Mitchiner ACW 488 (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Diobol 1.4g (PDC 53010)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo from Mitchiner ACW
- Sellwood 11 type variant (diobol) [1 in db]
- Mitchiner ACW 489 (this coin)
PDC 23279 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Obol 0.58g (PDC 23279)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 11.5 [13 in db]
PDC 21911 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 21911)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse walking right; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Bellaria
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 11.6 [20 in db]
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 1336-29 (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 3.75g (PDC 8631)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse walking right; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Note: Donum Abdal Samad Mirza
Current collection: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 27879
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 11.6 variant (dichalkous) [12 in db]
- BMC Parthia p.19, 29
PDC 6232 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 1.95g (PDC 6232)
Mint: Hekatompylos
Obv: bearded bust left, wearing diadem; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant walking right; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 20
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 11.7 [2 in db]

Sellwood Type 12

Note: Sellwood (1980) lists two coins as "12.24". By convention, and following Shore (1993), we refer to these as 12.24a and 12.24b since renumbering the subtypes can only lead to confusion.
PDC 3844 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.797g 18mm 1h (PDC 3844)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; two lines left, one line right of archer in vertically arranged three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Petrowicz coll.
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1944.100.82047
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.1 [1 in db]
PDC 26547 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.9642g 18mm 6h (PDC 26547)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; monogram [~] in field left; no border; one line left, two lines right of archer in vertically arranged three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Bob Rives
- Sellwood 12.2 [11 in db]
- Shore not listed
PDC 21527 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.70g (PDC 21527)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; monogram [~] in field left; no border; two lines left, one line right of archer in vertically arranged three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Bellaria
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 12.2 variant (legend division) [1 in db]
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 402 (this coin)
- BMC Parthia p.6, 1 variant (legend orientation)
- Malter 72 (23 Nov 1997), 83 (this coin)
- Mitchiner ACW not listed
- Shore not listed
PDC 5670 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.96g (PDC 5670)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; monogram [~] in field left; no border; one line left, two lines right of archer in vertically arranged three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, 1972-42
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.2 variant (obv reel and pellet border) [1 in db]
PDC 17943 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.01g (PDC 17943)
Mint: Susa
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; monogram [~] in field left; no border; two lines left, one line right of archer in vertically arranged three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 12.2 variant (obv reel and pellet border, legend division) [1 in db]
- Peus 374 (Apr 2003), Lot 135 (this coin)
- Shore not listed
PDC 42753 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.10g 20mm (PDC 42753)
Mint: Rhagae
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; bow behind head; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right hand; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Najaf Coins & Collectibles
- Sellwood 12.3 [4 in db]
PDC 6305 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Obol 0.67g (PDC 6305)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: bearded bust right wearing bashlyk and diadem; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, JdM 21
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.4 [23 in db]
PDC 23281 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Obol 0.72g (PDC 23281)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: bearded bust right wearing bashlyk and diadem; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.5 [17 in db]
PDC 21528 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Octochalkous 15.80g (PDC 21528)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: Dioscuri galloping right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Bellaria
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 12.6 [11 in db]
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 403 (this coin)
- BMC Parthia p.8, 14
- Mitchiner ACW not listed
- Shore not listed
PDC 6275 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Octochalkous 15.12g (PDC 6275)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: Dioscuri galloping right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Petrowicz
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 29
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.7 [2 in db]
- Ars Classica XII (1926), lot 2101 (this coin)
PDC 23505 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Octochalkous (PDC 23505)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant standing right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: David Sellwood, 2490 (Tray 5)
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.8 [12 in db]
PDC 57198 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Octochalkous 13.61g 3h (PDC 57198)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant standing right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 12.8 variant (legend vi) [1 in db]
- CNG E-Auction 198 (5 Nov 2008), lot 137 (this coin)
PDC 3863 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 7.970g 23mm 1h (PDC 3863)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem, behind bust monogram ΔΧ; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: Nike driving biga right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1944.100.82079
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.9 [6 in db]
PDC 11818 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 22mm (PDC 11818)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem, behind bust monogram ΔΧ; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: Dioscuri galloping right, each holding a palm-branch and a spear; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Spink and Son Ltd
- Sellwood 12.10 [6 in db]
PDC 5797 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 7.0g 21mm (PDC 5797)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem, behind bust monogram ΔΧ; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: bow in case; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Rian Thum
Photo by Rian Thum
- Sellwood 12.11 [3 in db]
- Rian Thum Sep 2000, lot 3 (this coin)
PDC 6279 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 6.58g (PDC 6279)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem, no symbol; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: bow in case; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Petrowicz
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 34
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.11 variant (no obv. symbol) [7 in db]
- Ars Classica XII (1926), lot 2103 (=18) (this coin)
PDC 7029 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 6.5g (PDC 7029)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: horse head right; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: Fitzwilliam Museum, F.M.2007
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.12 [10 in db]
- BMC Parthia p.9, 25
PDC 23508 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous (PDC 23508)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: bearded bust right, wearing bashlyk; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: David Sellwood, 2499 (Tray 5)
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.13 [3 in db]
PDC 20093 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 6.26g (PDC 20093)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem, behind bust monogram ΒΧ; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: Nike driving biga right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Najaf Coins & Collectibles
- Sellwood 12.14 [3 in db]
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous (PDC 19760)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem, behind bust monogram ΒΧ; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: Dioscuri facing, heads to center, holding spears; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 12.15 [1 in db]
- Sellwood ICP (1980), Plates, no. 12.15 (this coin)
PDC 39878 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 2.87g (PDC 39878)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant standing right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 12.16 [2 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 281e (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 35 (this coin)
PDC 22469 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 21mm (PDC 22469)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant walking left; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Silk Road Coins
- Sellwood 12.16 variant (elephant left) [1 in db]
PDC 6296 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 3.95g (PDC 6296)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem, behind bust monogram ΒΧ; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: bearded bust right, wearing bashlyk; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Petrowicz
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 38
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.17 [3 in db]
- Ars Classica XII (1926), lot 2102; Samm. Petrow. p.185,19 (this coin)
PDC 39882 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Dichalkous 3.03g 5h (PDC 39882)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: bearded bust right, wearing bashlyk; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Robert Gonnella
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 12.18 [3 in db]
- Peus 388 (1 Nov 2006), lot 281i (this coin)
- Sammlung Gonnella: Münzen Der Arsakiden (2008), 37 (this coin)
PDC 6285 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 2.10g (PDC 6285)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem, behind bust monogram ΑΧ; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: caps of the Dioscuri; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 24
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.19 [2 in db]
PDC 6293 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 3.18g (PDC 6293)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant standing right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Petrowicz
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 32
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.20 [1 in db]
- Ars Classica XII (1926), (=15A) (this coin)
PDC 53248 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Tetrachalkous 7.23g 22mm (PDC 53248)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant standing right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 12.20 variant (tetrachalkous) [1 in db]
- CNG E-Auction 190 (25 Jun 2008), lot 138 (this coin)
PDC 6292 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 3.10g 15mm (PDC 6292)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant standing right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Petrowicz
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 31
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.21 [1 in db]
- Ars Classica XII (1926), lot 2104 (this coin)
PDC 6294 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 2.78g (PDC 6294)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: elephant head right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Petrowicz
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 33
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.22 [3 in db]
- Ars Classica XII (1926), lot 2102 (this coin)
- Petrowicz p.186, 25 pl.XXIV, 13 (this coin)
PDC 3810 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 1.900g 14mm 12h (PDC 3810)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem, behind bust monogram ΑΧ; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: bearded bust right, wearing bashlyk; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: American Numismatic Society, 1944.100.82057
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.23 [3 in db]
PDC 7032 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 2.34g (PDC 7032)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: bearded bust right, wearing bashlyk; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.24a [3 in db]
- BMC Parthia p.7, 10; pl.II, 5
PDC 6299 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 2.42g (PDC 6299)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: bee viewed from above; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Petrowicz
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 40
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.24b [12 in db]
- Ars Classica XII (1926), lot 2102 (this coin)
- Petrowicz p.185,23 pl.XXIV,12 (this coin)
PDC 6304 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 1.74g (PDC 6304)
Mint: Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: Nike walking right; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Petrowicz
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 42
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.25 [3 in db]
- Ars Classica XII (1926), lot 2104 (as Valarsaces) (this coin)
- Le Rider, Suse sous les Séleucides et les Parthes (1965), p.343; pl.LXIX.20 (this coin)
PDC 6309 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 2.45g 9h (PDC 6309)
Mint: Susa
Obv: head of Tyche right; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: Tyche standing left; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Find spot: One of six coins found in hoard at Susa in 1933-34 (Trésor no.7)
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, FdS 95,7
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.26 [5 in db]
- Fouilles de Suse 95,7 Trésor no. 7 (this coin)
PDC 6312 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous 2.91g 12h (PDC 6312)
Mint: Susa
Obv: bearded head of Herakles right; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: Nike standing left; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Find spot: One of six coins found in hoard at Susa in 1933-34 (Trésor no.7)
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, FdS 96,6
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 12.27 [1 in db]
- Fouilles de Suse 96,6 Trésor no. 7 (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 27988)
Mint: Susa
Obv: royal bust facing; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: Apollo standing right; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 12.28 [0 in db]
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AE Chalkous (PDC 27989)
Mint: Susa
Obv: head of Tyche right; irregular die axes; circular border of pellets
Rev: Apollo seated left; no border; two-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 12.29 [0 in db]

Sellwood Type 13

PDC 6238 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Tetradrachm 13.42g 12h (PDC 6238)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: naked Herakles standing left; holding cup, lion's skin and club; no monogram nor date; no border; four-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, 1979-16
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 13.1 [2 in db]
PDC 24312 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Tetradrachm 15.00g 29mm (PDC 24312)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: naked Herakles standing left; holding cup, lion's skin and club; in exergue, monogram [ΧΑΡ]; no border; four-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 13.2 [37 in db]
PDC 35182 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Tetradrachm 15.32g (PDC 35182)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Dated 173 ΓΟΡ (BC 140-BC 139)
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: naked Herakles standing left; holding cup, lion's skin and club; in field left, monogram [ΑΡΤ]; in exergue Greek letters ΓΟΡ; no border; four-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Note: see photo tags; exhibited 1862
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 1862
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 13.3 [16 in db]
PDC 21529 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Tetradrachm 13.82g (PDC 21529)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Dated 173 ΓΟΡ (BC 140-BC 139)
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: naked Herakles standing left; holding cup, lion's skin and club; in field left, monogram [ΥΟ]; in exergue Greek letters ΓΟΡ; no border; four-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Previous collection: Bellaria
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 13.4 [2 in db]
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 404 (this coin)
- BMC Parthia p.14, 56 note
- Le Rider, Suse sous les Séleucides et les Parthes (1965), pl.LXX, 19 variant (monogram)
- Mitchiner ACW cf. 481
- Shore 16 variant (monogram)
PDC 6237 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Tetradrachm 13.42g (PDC 6237)
Mint: Seleucia
Dated 174 ΔΟΡ (BC 139-BC 138)
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: naked Herakles standing left; holding cup, lion's skin and club; in exergue Greek letters ΔΟΡ; no border; four-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Note: Anct exposé 1862; fds gén. Say no. XI,70
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, nc 22
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 13.5 [13 in db]
- BMC Parthia p.15, 58; pl.III, 12
- Le Rider, Suse sous les Séleucides et les Parthes (1965), cf. pl.LXX,22, page 363
PDC 9594 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.68g (PDC 9594)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; in exergue, monogram [ΧΑΡ]; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Note: Petrowicz Cond/Rarity: C1, R
Previous collection: Petrowicz
Current collection: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, plaster cast on glass plate for Samm. Petrowicz (1904)
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 13.6 [19 in db]
- Samm. Petrowicz pl. XXIV-9 (this coin)
- Petrowicz p.184,6; pl.XXIV-9 (this coin)
Click here to help add this image Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm (PDC 47238)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; in exergue, monogram [ΥΑ]; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
- Sellwood 13.7 [0 in db]
PDC 13078 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 4.02g (PDC 13078)
Mint: Seleucia
Dated 173 ΓΟΡ (BC 140-BC 139)
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; in field left, monogram [ΑΡΤ]; in exergue, Greek letters ΓΟΡ; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo by Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.
- Sellwood 13.8 [9 in db]
- Peus 371, Lot 245 (this coin)
- CNG 58, lot 747 (this coin)
- Shore 38
PDC 20156 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 2.66g (PDC 20156)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; in field left, monogram [ΑΡΤ]; no date in exergue; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Photo from Catalogue of the Coins of Parthia (BMC Parthia, 1903)
- Sellwood 13.8 variant (no ΓΟΡ) [1 in db]
- BMC Parthia, p. 13, 54; plate 3, no. 9 (Period of Mithradates I) (this coin)
PDC 6284 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.80g (PDC 6284)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Dated 173 ΓΟΡ (BC 140-BC 139)
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; in field left, monogram [ΥΟ]; in exergue, Greek letters ΓΟΡ; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Current collection: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, JdM 16
Photo by Chris Hopkins
- Sellwood 13.9 [1 in db]
PDC 21531 Mithradates I (171-138 B.C.)
AR Drachm 3.67g (PDC 21531)
Mint: Seleucia on the Tigris
Dated 174 ΔΟΡ (BC 139-BC 138)
Obv: bearded bust right, wearing diadem; irregular die axes; circular reel and pellet border
Rev: Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; in exergue, Greek letters ΔΟΡ; no border; three-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Previous collection: Bellaria
Photo by Classical Numismatic Group
- Sellwood 13.10 [6 in db]
- Triton VII (12 Jan 2004), lot 406 (this coin)
- BMC Parthia p.15, 61
- Mitchiner ACW not listed
- Shore 39

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