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    Fine Style Mithradates Stag Stater

    PONTIC KINGDOM. Mithradates VI Eupator, the Great (120-63 BC). AV stater (20mm, 8.39 gm, 12h). NGC Choice AU 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style. Pergamon, dated Pergamene Year 3 (86 BC). Diademed head of Mithradates VI right, with wind-blown hair / BAΣIΛEΩΣ / MIΘPAΔATOY / EYΠATOPOΣ, stag grazing left; star and crescent to left, Γ (date) above ΩE to right, ΣΩΚ monogram below, all within Dionysiac ivy wreath. HGC 7, 334. De Callataÿ pg. 4 (D8-9). Rare. Nicely centered and deeply struck, with a magnificent and well-modeled portrait of this charismatic character on satiny surfaces.

    Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction 10 (27 September 2015), lot 562.

    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.


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