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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.
GS87957. Silver drachm
Collection 41, HGC 7
846 (S), Cohen DCA
460 (78-77 B.C.), BMC Galatia
-, SNG Cop
-, VF, well centered
and struck, light marks, edge cracks, Mazaka-Eusebeia (Kayseri, Turkey) mint, weight
4.180g, maximum diameter
18.3mm, die axis
, c. 75 - 74 B.C.; obverse
BAΣIΛEΩΣ APIOBAPZANOY ΦIΛ•PΩMAI•Y (King
Ariobarzanes, friend of the Romans), Athena Nikephoros
slightly left, head
in Athena's right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield
with spear behind, monogram
inner left, KA (year 21) in exergue
Catalog current as of Thursday, April 18, 2019.
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