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Kingdom of Elymais

Elymais was the biblical Elam and home of the magi. With its capitol at Susa, it was a small kingdom in what is now Iran and Kuwait. The Kingdom of Elymais struck coins from the middle of the 2nd century B.C. until their defeat by the Sasanians in 227 A.D.


Kingdom of Elymais, Phraates, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.

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Elymais was the biblical Elam and home of the magi. With its capitol at Susa, it was a small kingdom in what is now Iran and Kuwait. The Kingdom of Elymais struck coins from the middle of the 2nd century B.C. until their defeat by the Sasanians in 227 A.D.
GB72554. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 14.6.1-3; BMC Arabia p. 272, 1 ff.; SGICV 5899, VF, clear reverse legend, encrustations, porous, weight 3.667 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, die axis 0o, obverse ΦPA, bearded bust left wearing tiara with pellet in crescent; pellet inside crescent above anchor with one crossbar right; reverse BACIΛEVC ΠPAATHC (blundered), Artemis standing right, not radiate, drawing arrow from quiver on shoulder with right hand, bow in left; SOLD


Kingdom of Elymais, Orodes IV, c. 150 - 200 A.D.

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GB14462. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 17.2.1-1; SGICV 5914; BMC Arabia p. 280, 2 ff. (Orodes III), VF, weight 3.095 g, maximum diameter 13.0 mm, die axis 0o, obverse forked bearded bust facing, bunches of hair on top and at sides; reverse radiate bust of Artemis left, anchor right; SOLD


Kingdom of Elymais, Phraates, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.

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GB14579. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 14.3.1-1; BMC Arabia p. 278, 57; SGICV 5900 var. (wings spread), F, weight 2.503 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 0o, obverse bearded bust facing, wearing a two band diadem and tiara with two dotted crescents; pellet and crescent above an anchor right with one crossbar; reverse eagle standing left, wings closed, diadem in beak; rare; SOLD


Kingdom of Elymais, Orodes II, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.

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Through the influence of the Aramaeans, who borrowed the Babylonian pronunciation Bel, the god Baal ultimately became known as the Greek Belos, identified with Zeus.
GB14461. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 13.2.1-2A, aVF, weight 3.469 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 180o, obverse long bearded bust facing wearing tiara and diadem, pellet inside crescent above anchor on right; reverse Aramaic legend "Urud Malka Bari Urud" (King Orodes, Son of Orodes), large radiate and horned facing bust of Belos, with facial features and calathus; SOLD


Kingdom of Elymais, Unidentified King, c. 25 B.C. - 228 A.D.

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Van't Haaff lists lists this type with the king and date unknown and notes that "too few of these coins are known to determine the denomination."
GB58345. Bronze AE 11, vant Haaff 21.1.1-b, aVF, weight 1.452 g, maximum diameter 10.6 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, c. 25 B.C. - 228 A.D.; obverse broad bearded bust left, wearing tiara; reverse anchor; SOLD


Kingdom of Elymais, Orodes II, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.

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Elymais was the biblical Elam and home of the magi. With its capitol at Susa, it was a small kingdom in what is now Iran and Kuwait. The Kingdom of Elymais struck coins from the middle of the 2nd century B.C. until their defeat by the Sasanians in 227 A.D.
GB90765. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 13.3.2-1A; BMC Arabia p. 262, 19; SGICV 5905, VF, weight 3.835 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, Susa(?) mint, early - Middle 2nd century A.D.; obverse bearded bust facing wearing diademed tiara without crest, on right pellet inside crescent above anchor with double crossbar; reverse dashes; ex Forum (2010); SOLD


Kingdom of Elymais, Orodes II, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.

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Elymais was the biblical Elam and home of the magi. With its capitol at Susa, it was a small kingdom in what is now Iran and Kuwait. The Kingdom of Elymais struck coins from the middle of the 2nd century B.C. until their defeat by the Sasanians in 227 A.D.
GB90775. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 13.3.2-2B; BMC Arabia p. 262, 19 ff.; SGICV 5905, VF, weight 3.408 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, obverse long bearded bust facing wearing diademed tiara with crest of rays; to right, pellet inside crescent above anchor with single crossbar; reverse dashes; ex Forum (2010); SOLD


Kingdom of Elymais, Phraates, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.

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GB14459. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 14.7.2-1; BMC Arabia p. 274, 24 ff.; SGICV 5902 var., VF, weight 3.601 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, obverse long bearded bust left wearing tiara ornamented with pellet inside a crescent with horns up; to right, pellet in crescent above anchor; reverse field filled with parallel dashes; SOLD


Kingdom of Elymais, Kamnaskires-Orodes, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.

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GB90793. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 12.3.1-2A2; SGICV 5910 (Kamnaskires-Orodes III), BMC Arabia p. 270, 98 ff. (Orodes II), aVF, weight 3.300 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, obverse long bearded cuirassed bust facing, large bunches of hair at sides, wearing diademed tiara; to right, pellet inside crescent above anchor; reverse irregular dashes; ex Forum (2010); SOLD


Kingdom of Elymais, Orodes III, 2nd Century A.D.

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Through the influence of the Aramaeans, who borrowed the Babylonian pronunciation Bel, the god Baal ultimately became known as the Greek Belos, identified with Zeus.
GB17878. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 16.2.1-1; SGICV 5894, VF, weight 2.769 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, die axis 180o, obverse long bearded bust left wearing tiara decorated with anchor, to right pellet inside crescent above anchor with one crossbar; reverse bust of Belos right, wearing kalathos, cornucopia behind; SOLD




  




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REFERENCES

Alram, M. Iranisches Personennamenbuch: Nomina Propria Iranica In Nummis. Osterreichischen Akademie Der Wissenschaften. (Wien, 1986).
Hill, G.F. Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum: Arabia, Mesopotamia and Persia. (London, 1922).
Mitchiner, M. Oriental Coins: the Ancient and Classical World. (London, 1978).
Sear, D. Greek Imperial Coins and Their Values. (London, 1982).
van't Haaff, P.A. Catalogue of Elymaean Coinage, Ca. 147 B.C. - A.D. 228. (Lancaster, PA. 2007).

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