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Pontic Kingdom, Mithradates VI, c. 120 - 63 B.C., Lysimachos Type
Mithradates VI Eupator "the Great"expanded his Pontic Kingdom through conquest, which inevitably brought him into conflict with Rome. Mithradates regarded himself as the champion of the Greeks against Rome, however, after three years of war, he was defeated by Pompey the Great. The design of this coin is taken from a coin of Lysimachos, bodyguard of Alexander the Great, and King of Thrace 323 - 281 B.C. The Lysimachos coin depicted Alexander the Great on the obverse. The features of the obverse portrait on this type are those of Mithradates VI.
SH88831. Gold stater
p. 140, pl. XXXVII (D3/R1); AMNG I
263; HGC 3.2
1824; SNG Cop
1089 var. (control), VF, struck with worn dies, Kallatis mint, weight
8.206g, maximum diameter
20.8mm, die axis
, First Mithradatic War, c. 88 - 86 B.C.; obverse
of Alexander the Great right wearing the horn of Ammon
; reverse Athena
seated left, Victory
crowning name with wreath
held in Athena's extended right hand, resting left elbow on round shield
leaning on back of seat, A∆ monogram
(control) inner left, KAΛ below seat, trident in exergue
ornamented with two small dolphins, ΛYΣIMAXOY downward on left, BAΣIΛEΩΣ downward on right; Kirk Davis
, catalog 70, lot 11; $2200.00
Catalog current as of Friday, April 26, 2019.
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