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View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Cappadocian Kingdom| > GS87953Cappadocian 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 44b; SNGvA 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 0o, c. 66 - 65 B.C.; obverse diademed head right; reverse 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; $100.00
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