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GREEK, Cappadocian Kingdom, Ariarathes VII ca 110-99 BC, AR Tetradrachm in the name of Antiochos VII (138-129 BC)
Diademed head of Antiochos VII right, fillet border. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ Athena standing half-left in crested helmet on short ground line, confronting Nike held in right hand and with left arm balancing a spear while holding a grounded shield decorated with a Gorgoneion head, primary controls ΔI (in ligature) over A in outer left field, secondary controls O-Λ in inner fields, laurel crown around.
Lorber and Houghton, NC 2006, ser. 1, iss. 3 (A1/P1 - coin 12 - this coin); HGC 9 1069; SC 2148; SMA 298; SNG Spaer 1873 (same obverse die).
Uncertain Cappadocian mint, probably Ariaratheia or Eusebeia-Tyana.
From the same obverse die as the first issue to bear a reverse legend in the name of Ariarthes VII with the same O-Λ mint controls.
(28 mm, 16.63 gm, 12h)
ex- Commerce (ĎAntiochus VII Posthumousí Hoard) 2005

Ariarathes VII was the nephew of Mithradates VI Eupator of Pontus and a hapless pawn in the developing power struggle of his uncle with Bithynia and later Rome to control Asia Minor. After rebuffing Mithradates VI's 'advice and assistance' the armies of Mithradates and Ariarathes met prepared for battle. At this point Mithradates called for an unarmed discussion meeting with Ariarathes in the middle ground of the battlefield. In front of the two assembled armies, Mithradates drew a concealed blade and slit his nephew's throat, thus avoiding battle and clearing the way for a new puppet, his stepson, to be appointed ultimately as King Ariarathes IX.
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SPQR Coins  [Oct 08, 2011 at 02:58 PM]
They don't get any better than this!
cicerokid  [Oct 08, 2011 at 03:06 PM]
Really top coin
Randygeki(h2)  [Oct 10, 2011 at 08:40 PM]
David Atherton  [Jun 01, 2012 at 10:29 AM]
How did I miss this?? Amazing coin!
Sosius  [Mar 05, 2013 at 05:49 PM]
Hey, I think my coin is an obverse die match: See my "Sosius - Greek" gallery
Lloyd T  [Mar 05, 2013 at 06:09 PM]
Sosius - yes same obverse die. Your example is from the die in an earlier wear state - note progression of development of the die break in the neck. This is a historic die in that it was the one that firmly established these coins to be Cappadocian - read more at my posting on the same coin in the Historical Coins gallery (Search Gallery on the terms "Cappadocia Ariarathes VII" to find it) which shows a comparison with a coin from the same die but a reverse in the name of Ariarathes VII.
Sam  [Dec 16, 2013 at 09:00 PM]
Amazing coin.
n.igma  [Mar 08, 2014 at 06:10 AM]
Agree, an absolute stunner!