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Lot 89

Estimate: 200 USD   |   Starting price: 120 USD Price realized: 250 USD
Kingdom of Persis. Uncertain king I. 2nd century B.C. AR drachm.
Kingdom of Persis. Uncertain king I. 2nd century B.C. AR drachm (14 mm, 3.98 g, 11 h). Head right, wearing diadem and satrapal cap surmounted by eagle; scar on cheek / Fire temple, Ahura-Mazda above, on left, king standing right; to right, standard surmounted by eagle. Cf. K&M 3/5 (crescent on back of cap); Alram 551 var. (same); Sunrise -. Well struck in high relief. Choice extremely fine.

There are two issues generally recorded for the Kings of Persis which show the king wearing a satrapal cap surmounted by an eagle: one attributed to Autophradates II and one usually attributed to an "Uncertain King I". The issue of Autophradates (Alram 547) has a very distinctive style portrait that is readily identifiable, and which is different from this coin. This coin has a portrait style nearly identical to the issues attributed to "Uncertain King I" (Alram 551) except for two features: there is usually a crescent on the back of the cap, which this coin lacks, and the portrait on this coin shows a scar on the king's cheek, a feature also found on the hemidrachms and obols of this issue, but not present on Alram 551-3. Interestingly, neither Alram, K&M or Sunrise illustrate an example without the crescent and with a scar, although a number of them have been observed on the market. Does this represent a different, yet identified king, or perhaps a later issue for the "Uncertain King I" after he received an injury in battle?

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