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Kingdom of Bithynia, Nikomedes II Epiphanes, 149 - 128 B.C.
Nikomedes II accompanied his father, Prusias II, to Rome in 167 B.C., where he was brought up under the care of the Senate. His father, favoring a younger sibling for succession, decided to assassinate him. But Nikomedes discovered the plot, seized the throne and put his father to death. He remained faithful to Rome, assisting in the war with Attalus, king of Pergamus in 131 B.C.
SH18363. Silver tetradrachm
, Rec Gen
II.3 p. 229, 1; BMC Pontus
gVF+, Nikomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, weight
16.723g, maximum diameter
39.5mm, die axis
, c. 147 - 146 B.C.; obverse
BAΣIΛEΩΣ EΠIΦANOYΣ NIKOMH∆OY, Zeus standing left, wreath
in right hand, scepter
in left, in inner left field eagle
on thunderbolt over monogram
and BNP (year 152); dark toning
Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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