Historical Policies, Acts and Events
8. REX PARTHIS DATVS.
Osroes I, ruler of Parthia, placed a king on the Armenian throne, an act which angered Trajan. What followed was a military action in which Trajan annexed Armenia, invaded Mesopotamia, and then conquered Parthia and appointed a king.
This reverse depicts Trajan seated on platform with attendant. Parthia kneels in front with hands outstretched in attitude of begging: Trajan with arm outstetched offers her a new king-Parthamaspates.
from the Matthew Sersch collection
obv : IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO PM TRP COS VI PP
rev: REX PARTHIS DATVS SC
translation : A king given to the Parthians
Bust right draped
RIC667, Banti 96, BMC 1046
This type also appears with variations.
Bust right draped, no PP (Banti 94)
Bust right aegis (RIC667, Banti 95 , BMC 1045)
3/4 bust with aegis (Banti97)
REX PARTHIS DATVS in exergue
Bust right draped (Banti 98)
Photo Courtesy of CNG
3/4 bust with aegis (Unlisted in RIC and Banti, BMCRE 1045)
All Varieties are scarce.