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109064
109, Lot: 64. Estimate $300.
Sold for $225. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of PARTHIA. Pakoros II. 78-105 AD. Billon Tetradrachm (25mm, 14.43 gm). Seleukeia on the Tigris mint. Dated Seleukid Era Gorpiaios 390 (August, 79 AD). Diademed bust left, beardless, no ear or earring visible; D behind / [BACILEWC B]ACIL[EWN A]PCAKOY PAKOROU DIKAIOU [E]PIFANO[VC FILELLHNOC], Pakoros seated left on throne, Tyche standing right before him, presenting a diadem and holding sceptre; FT (year) above, GORPI[AIOU] (month) in exergue. Sellwood 73.9 var. (month); cf. Shore 394; BMC Parthia pg. 194, 10 var. (month); cf. MACW 663; De Morgan pg. 312, 272. Good VF. Rare. Unpublished month for this year.

While Vologases (and his successor, Artabanos IV) ruled as Parthian king in Mesopotamia, Pakoros ruled in Iran. A state of conflict existed between the rivals until Pakoros emerged victorious circa 90 AD. Based on his beardless portraiture, he was obviously young at the time of his accession. The details of his reign and fate are unknown.