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Elymais Kamnaskires-Orodes (III) Late 2nd
Century AD, Æ Drachm, 14mm. Susa mint? Ob.: Facing bust, hair in two large
bunches at sides; anchor symbol and crescent at right. Rv.: Random dashes. BMC
Arabia, etc. pg. 269, 90 (pl. XLI, 8); Alram 486 var.; Sear Greek Imperial
pp582-5, nos 5884-5921.
The Kingdom of Elymais -
a satrapy of the Parthians with its capital at Susa - near the outlet of the
rivers Tigris & Euphrates into the Persian Gulf.
Elymias is sometimes also referred to as the "Kingdom of Susiana".
This coin appears to be what was once a
silver-washed AE drachm of Kamnaskir-Orodes III c. 192 A.D., deMorgan 50. There
are a few others who issued facing-bust, moon & star, and anchor obverses
with the "gibberish inscription" of meaningless dashes on the Rx., but
yours seems to resemble Orodes-Kamnaskir's style the closest with the
upswept hair on the bust.
Attribution and notes provided by Mark Lehman, Robin Baker and Josh Moran.
Parthian Satraps-Elymais, Prince A, AE Drachm, Late 2nd-Early 3rd Century
Parthian-style, diademed, draped bust left, anchor behind
Artemis standing right, bow in left hand, drawing arrow with right from
quiver on back
13mm x 14mm, 2.46g
van Haaff, 19.1.1-1A
Ex Pegasi Numismatics, Central States, April 2010
Indo-Parthian Satraps (Paratarajas), Yolamira, AR Drachm, 6th-7th Century
Parthian-style bust of king right, dotted border
Brahmi script (Yolamirasa Bagarevaputrasa Parataraja)
Legend surrounding large swastika
14mm x 15mm, 3.79g
P. Tandon 22b
Notes from Asif Balloo on March 25, 2009: Paratarajas were local
Indo-Parthian Satraps, who ruled an area between modern Loralai in
Multan. Their coinage and history has not been fully understood, but hopefully
with the discovery of more coins, more insight into their history will
come to light.