Attambelos II of Characene

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Coin of Attanbelos II King of Characene
Kingdom of Characene.

Attambelos II was a king of Characene,[1][2] a Parthian vassal state and important trading port on the Persian Gulf. His rule was from 17/16 to 9/8BC.[3]

He is known only from his coins, which have been found as far away as Susa and on Failaka Island in the Persian Gulf.[4] His Tetradrachms have a low silver content and like almost all Characene coinage show the kings likeness on the front and Heracles on the reverse.

His bronze coins show a Nike on the reverse.


  1. ^ E. Yarshater, The Cambridge History of Iran, Cambridge University Press page 487
  2. ^ Daniel T. Potts, Araby the Blest: Studies in Arabian Archaeology (Museum Tusculanum Press, 1988) p 141.
  3. ^ Richard Nelson Frye, The History of Ancient Iran(C.H.Beck, 1984) p277.
  4. ^ Monika Schuol, The Characene. A Mesopotamian Kingdom in Hellenistic times. Steiner, Stuttgart 2000 page 226, 318-320.

Attambelos II of Characene
Preceded by
Theonesios I of Characene
King of Characene
79/78 to 49/48BC
Succeeded by
Abinergaos I