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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Other Kingdoms| > GB85867
Kingdom of Commagene, Mithradates I Kallinikos, 96 - 70 B.C.
|Other| |Kingdoms|, |Kingdom| |of| |Commagene,| |Mithradates| |I| |Kallinikos,| |96| |-| |70| |B.C.|,
The Kingdom of Commagene was an ancient Armenian kingdom of the Hellenistic period, located in and around the ancient city of Samosata, which served as its capital. The Iron Age name of Samosata, Kummuh, probably gives its name to Commagene. Commagene has been characterized as a "buffer state" between Armenia, Parthia, Syria, and Rome; culturally, it seems to have been correspondingly mixed. The kings of the Kingdom of Commagene claimed descent from Orontes with Darius I of Persia as their ancestor, by his marriage to Rodogoune, daughter of Artaxerxes II who had a family descent from king Darius I. The territory of Commagene corresponds roughly to the modern Turkish provinces of Adiyaman and northern Antep.Map of Commangene
GB85867. Bronze dichalkon, Nercessian ACV 187, Bedoukian 20, VF, green patina, light marks and corrosion, irregularly shaped tight flan, reverse off center, Samosata (Samsat, Turkey) mint, weight 17.2g, maximum diameter 4.281mm, die axis 0o, 96 - 70 B.C.; obverse bust of Mithradates I right wearing pointed Armenian tiara with ear flaps down; reverse Athena standing left, helmeted, right hand extended, spear behind in left hand, grounded shield at feet behind, BACIΛEWC downward on right, MIΘPA∆ATOY / KAΛΛINIKOY in two downward lines on the left; from a New England dealer; rare; SOLD

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