After the death of Alexander the Great, the Persis Empire emerged in the homeland of the Achaemenid Empire. As it happened in other territories conquered by Alexander the Great, the Persian Empire soon distinguished itself as a unique territory with their own local rules. However, they adopted some conventions of Greek life, such as coinage. Bagadates I (also transcribed as Bagadat) was the first king of Persis and this coin shows how he tries to distinguish himself from the Greeks. His portrait is full of local iconography; Bagadates I is represented wearing a kyrbasia (the hat) and pendant earring. On the reverse Bagadates I is depicted in front of a Zoroastrian altar, as he was also a frataraka. Despite all this, the Greek influence on this coin is absolutely clear: the obverse of the coin represents the portrait of the ruler while the reverse represents a scene; the weight, the composition and the diameter of the coin is the same as a Greek tetradrachm; and the minting technique is the same as it was in Greece.
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REYES DE PERSIA. Persis. Bagadat. Tetradracma (circa 300 a.C.). A/ Cabeza diademada de Bagadat a der. con Kyrbasia, barba, bigote y pendiente. R/ Templo del fuego de Ahura-Mazda; a la izq. Bagadat. AR 16,68 g. BMC-2. ALRAM-515. Rev. ligeramente descentrado. MBC+. Muy rara.