Stater - Mithridates VI Pergamon

Features

Country Kings of Pontos
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 89 BC - 88 BC
Value 1 AV Stater = 20 Drachm (20)
Currency Drachm
Composition Gold
Weight 8.41 g
Diameter 21 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 183234
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References HGCS# 7-333,
Oliver D. Hoover; 2018. The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series / Volume 1. Handbook of Coins of Italy and Magna Graecia : Sixth to First Centuries BC. Classical Numismatic Group, Lancaster, Pennsylvania - London, United Kingdom.
And 10 more volumes.
SNG Cop# 233
Niels Breitenstein, Willy Schwabacher; 1942. Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum: Royal Collection of Coins and Medals. Danish National Museum / Volume 1. Italy, Part 1 : Etruria - Campania. Einar Munksgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark.
And 43 more volumes.

Obverse

Diademed head of Mithradates right, with wind-blown hair

Reverse

Stag grazing left; sun/star and crescent to left

Lettering:
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΜΙΘΡΑΔΑΤΟΥ / ΕΥΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ
ΘΣ
AX

Comments

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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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
-89  Bithyno-Pontic year 209
-88  Pergamene Era year 2

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