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Greek Coins; Persia. Andragoras, Seleucid satrap and self-proclaimed King of Parthia, 315 BC. Gold Stater (8.52 grams; 16.5 mm.), die-axis 8 o'clock.

Obverse: Bearded and draped bust of Andragoras (Zeus ?) right, wearing taenia, monogram IMP behind.

Reverse: Nike driving fast quadriga right, with bearded Andragoras standing in the chariot, wearing cuirass and satrapal tiara. Greek legen: ANΔPAΓOPOY Andragoras.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England, (1613114347).

          This extremely rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints, solid gold not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.

          Refer to Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.
At least six gold staters of Andragoras are known, struck from one obverse die and two reverse dies. No. 1 below is struck from the same obverse die but a different reverse die as CNG coin. No. 2-5 are struck from the same obverse and reverse dies.

1. London. British Museum (acquired 1879). BMC Arabia, North East Persia No 1, p. 193 (pl. xxviii, 1), NC 1879, p.1, pl. I, 1; Head, Historia Numorum (2nd ed.), p.825, fig. 381; Mitchiner Type 19 (illustrated on the right); ex Oxus Treasure.
2. London. British Museum (acquired 1888). BMC Arabia, North East Persia No 2, p. 193; Mitchiner type 19 (illustrated on the left); ex Cunningham Collection.
3. Berlin. H Dressel, ZfN21 (1898), 231 (see http://www.smb.museum/ik mk/object.php? object nr=0& size=0& content=0 &size=1)
4. Numismatica Ars Classica 59 (4 April 2011), Lot 652, Paris Match Magazine, 15-22 June 2005, p. 73.
5. Private Collector unpublished.
6. CNG. TRITON XVI, Lot 550.