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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.
GS87953. Silver drachm
, cf. Simonetta
Collection 59; Simonetta
6324; SNG Cop
157; BMC Galatia
p. 40, 21; Cohen DCA
460; HGC 7
846, VF, light toning
, slightly off center, small edge crack, Mazaka-Eusebeia (Kayseri, Turkey) mint, weight
4.074g, maximum diameter
17.4mm, die axis
, c. 66 - 65 B.C.; obverse
BAΣIΛE•Σ API•BAPZAN•Y ΦIΛ•PΩMAI•Y (King
Ariobarzanes, friend of the Romans), Athena Nikephoros
standing left, Nike
left extending wreath
in Athena's right hand, left hand on grounded shield
and spear behind, monogram
inner left, obscure date (Λ? = year 30) in exergue
Catalog current as of Thursday, April 25, 2019.
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