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    KINGDOM OF ELYMAIS. Kamnaskires III and Anzaze (ca. 82-74 BC). AR tetradrachm (26mm, 16.22 gm, 12h). Seleuceia on the Hedyphon. Jugate and draped busts of Kamnaskires, diademed, and Anzaze, wearing stephane, left; anchor symbol behind / [B]ΑCΙΛЄΩ[C] ΚΑΜΝΑCΚΙΡ[ΟΥ] [ΒΑ]CΙΛΙCC[ΗC] [ΑΝΖΑΖΗC], Zeus enthroned left, holding Nike and scepter, MAKEΔΩN in inner left field. Alram 454. Sunrise 470 (undated). Struck in high relief on a compact planchet, with none of the tooling and smoothing seen on other recent specimens. NGC XF 4/5 - 5/5.

    The Kingdom of Elymais flourished as a sub-monarchy along the upper portion of the Persian Gulf from 188 BC to AD 222, at times autonomous from, and subject to, the Seleucid and Parthian Kingdoms. The name derives from the ancient name for the region, Elam, referenced in the Bible. Its earliest ruling dynasty, the Kamnaskirids, produced an intriguing coinage blending Hellenistic and Parthian elements. This remarkable tetradrachm of Kamnaskires III depicts him alongside his wife, Anzaze, both of whom are named on the reverse as king and queen, respectively.


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