|Country||Kings of Pontos|
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Years||89 BC - 88 BC|
|Value||1 AV Stater = 20 Drachm (20)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
SNG Cop# 233
Diademed head of Mithradates right, with wind-blown hair
Stag grazing left; sun/star and crescent to left
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΜΙΘΡΑΔΑΤΟΥ / ΕΥΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ
Mithradates VI Eupator, the Great (120-63 BC), dated Bithyno-Pontic year 209 (89/8 BC), Pergamon.
Mithradates VI "the Great" was the last Hellenistic ruler to challenge the might of Rome. His long and eventful career spanned a nearly 60-year-reign in which he was a constant thorn in the side of the Romans as they sought to consolidate their conquests. His gold coinage falls into two groups: A mass mintage of gold staters imitating the types of Lysimachus of Thrace from more than two centuries earlier, and a much smaller and more carefully produced issue of dated gold staters with his name and portrait. The imagery deliberately evokes the memory of Alexander the Great, depicting himself as a semi-divine conqueror with flowing, windswept hair. These rare and desirable coins represent the last great example of Hellenistic portraiture in gold, and as such are highly prized. (Source: Heritage Auctions)
DeCallatay P005-D7-R2; BMC 1v; SNGvA 6676
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|-89||Bithyno-Pontic year 209|
|-88||Pergamene Era year 2|
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