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Cappadocian Kingdom, Ariobarzanes I Philoromaios, 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.
GS87952. Silver drachm, Simonetta 13a; Simonetta Collection 21b; SNGvA 6319; SNG Cop 149; Cohen DCA 460 (84/83 B.C.); HGC 7 846; BMC Cappadocia -, VF, toned, well centered, light marks, Mazaka-Eusebeia (Kayseri, Turkey) mint, weight 4.108g, maximum diameter 18.0mm, die axis 0o
, 83 - 82 B.C.; obverse diademed head right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ APIOBAPZANOY ΦIΛOPΩMAIOY (King Ariobarzanes, friend of the Romans), Athena Nikephoros standing left, Nike crowning name with wreath in Athena's right hand, left hand on grounded shield and spear behind,
monogram inner left, IΓ (year 13) in exergue; $125.00
Catalog current as of Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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