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Later Parthian Drachms with "Pointed Beards"

Identifying Look-alike Parthian Drachms

There are two main groups of "pointed beard" drachms: those with and those without an earring on the obverse portrait. Group I is comprised of the drachms without an earring while Group II includes coins with the earring. The absence or presence of the earring is clearly seen on these two example photos:

No earring With earring
PDC 6717 PDC 6737

Group I: No earring
Group II: With earring


Group I: Differentiating the Drachms of
Artabanus II (c. A.D. 10 - 38) and Vologases I (c. A.D. 51 - 78)

The coins in this group have a pointed beard and no earring on the obverse portrait.


Group II: Differentiating the Drachms of
Artabanus III (c. A.D. 80 - 90)
Vologases III (c. A.D. 105 - 147)
Mithradates IV (c. A.D. 129 - 140) and
Unknown King III (c. A.D. 140)

The coins in this group have a pointed beard and an earring on the obverse portrait; they can be differentiated by the reverse legend and the number of pendants attached to the diadem on the obverse portrait.


This page last updated 13 Apr 2008

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