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Cappadocian Kingdom, Ariobarzanes I Philoromaios, c. 96 - 63 B.C.
Ariobarzanes I was a Cappadocian nobleman of obscure Persian descent. After the Roman Senate rejected the claims of Ariarathes IX, he was made king through a vote of Cappadocian citizens and with the support of the Roman consul Lucius Cornelius Sulla. He ruled a kingdom that was a Roman protectorate but was removed three separate times by Mithridates before not only securing but actually increasing his lands under Pompey in the Third Mithridatic War. He abdicated to make way for the rule of his son Ariobarzanes II.
GS87950. Silver drachm, Simonetta Collection 9, Simonetta 6, SNG Cop 927, SNG Berry 1326, Cohen DCA 460 (94/93 B.C.), HGC 7 846, BMC Galatia -, VF/F, well centered, toned, bumps and scratches, Mazaka-Eusebeia (Kayseri, Turkey) mint, weight 4.146g, maximum diameter 18.7mm, die axis 0o
, c. 93 - 92 B.C.; obverse diademed head right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ API•BAPZAN•Y ΦIΛ•PΩMAI•Y (King Ariobarzanes, friend of the Romans), Athena Nikephoros standing left, Nike extending wreath in right hand, left hand on grounded shield and spear,
monogram inner left,
monogram inner right, Γ (year 3) in exergue; $125.00
Catalog current as of Sunday, August 18, 2019.
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