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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Paphlagonia| > GB92064
Sinope, Paphlagonia, c. 120 - 100 B.C.
Mithradates VI was king of Pontus c. 120 to 63 B.C. He was of both Greek and Persian origin, claiming descent from both Alexander the Great and King Darius I of Persia. Mithradates is remembered as one of Rome's most formidable and successful enemies, who engaged three of the most prominent generals of the late Roman Republic in the so-called Mithridatic Wars: Sulla, Lucullus, and Pompey the Great. After Mithradates VI was at last defeated by Pompey and in danger of capture by Rome, he attempted suicide. The poison failed because he had taken daily doses to build immunity. He then made his bodyguard and friend, Bituitus, kill him by the sword.
GB92064. Brass AE 29, SNG BM Black Sea 1523; SNG Stancomb 792; Rec Gén p. 206, 58 & tf. 26, 14; HGC 7 41, F, some earthen deposits, scratches, areas of slight porosity, Sinope (Sinop, Turkey) mint, weight 20.685g, maximum diameter 28.6mm, die axis 0o, c. 120 - 100 B.C.; obverse head right, wearing bashlyk (Persian-style pointed leather cap); reverse quiver with strap and unstrung bow, ΣINΩ-PHΣ divided across field; ex Gerhard Rohde; very rare; $150.00










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