The first coins were made around 650 BC in the Kingdom of Lydia. They were made of electrum (approximately 55% gold and 45% silver) and had a lions head punched on one side. This early age of coinage is known as the Archaic period.
The Classical period followed after the Persian Wars around 480 BC. The Athenian Owl is probably the most recognized coin of the era.
The conquests of Alexander the Great ushered in the Hellenistic periods in about 330 BC and lasted until around the first century BC when Roman influence absorbed the Greek World.
Extra Fine. Vologases invaded Armenia and Syria- a disastrous move that lead to Roman retaliation under Lucius Verus (161-169 AD) who was co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius. Rome sacked the major Parthian cities of Seleucia and Ctesiphon and brought about the surrender of Western Mesopotania. This defeat seriously weakened Parthia and contributed to the defeat of the dynasty in the early 3rd century AD.
Choice Very Fine, deposits, light scratches. Obverse, Head of Dionysus wreathed with Ivy. Reverse, Herakles, naked, standing facing, holding club and with lion's skin over arm. Well struck and very attractive style, toning uneven, but fully natural.