|Issuer||Kingdom of Characene (Mesopotamia)|
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
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Michel Alram, Manfred Mayrhofer, Rüdiger Schmitt; 1986. Nomina propria Iranica in nvmmis : Materialgrundlagen zu den iranischen Personennamen auf antiken Münzen. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria.
Bust of Maga to right, diademed and draped, with pointed beard, hair in tight curls on top and bunched at sides.
Male head right, with pointed beard, hair in 6 thick rolls, and long plait on top.
Letterings are in Aramaic script with sometimes a Greek monogram on obverse. Many variants are known and listed in the BMC Arabia pp 304-309.
Characene having been a vassal from Parthian Kingdom, reverse portrait is sometimes presented as being of a Parthian king.
Maga's reign is poorly known but is thought to extend roughly between 195 and 215 AD.
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