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Cappadocian Kingdom, Ariarathes V Eusebes Philopator, 163 - 130 B.C.
Ariarathes V Eusebes Philopator reigned 33 years, and was perhaps the greatest king of Cappadocia. He was distinguished by his excellence of character and his cultivation of philosophy and the arts. Allied with Rome, according to Livy, he was educated there. When his throne was taken, Rome restored it to him. The year this coin was struck, Ariarathes V died in battle supporting Rome against Eumenes III of Pergamum. In return for his contribution to the Romans success in Pergamum, Lycaonia and Cilicia were added to the dominions of the Cappadocian Kingdom.
GS87954. Silver drachm, Simonetta Coll. p. 51, 31a (Ariarathes IV); Simonetta p. 24, 23b (same); SNGvA 6872; SNG Cop supp. 689 corr. (monogram); HGC 7 811; BMC Galatia -, VF, nice portrait, well centered, reverse die wear, light marks, Mazaka-Eusebeia (Kayseri, Turkey) mint, weight 4.056g, maximum diameter 17.4mm, die axis 0o
, 130 B.C.; obverse diademed head right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ APIAPAΘOY EYΣEBOYΣ (King Ariarthes the Pious), Athena Nikephoros standing half left, head left, Nike crowning King's name in right hand, left hand on grounded spear and shield,
monogram outer left,
monogram inner left, ΓΛ (year 33) in exergue; $125.00
Catalog current as of Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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