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    PONTIC KINGDOM. Mithradates VI Eupator, the Great (120-63 BC). AV stater (21mm, 8.41 gm, 12h). NGC MS 5/5 - 3/5. Dated Bithyno-Pontic year 209 (89/8 BC), Pergamon. Diademed head of Mithradates right, with wind-blown hair / BAΣIΛEΩΣ / MIΘPAΔATOY / EYΠATOPOΣ, stag grazing left; star and crescent to left, ΘΣ (date) above AX monogram to right, all within ivy wreath. HGC 7, 333. SNG BM Black Sea 1028. Cf. SNG Copenhagen 233 (date). Rare. Well centered and deeply struck, with a magnificent and well-modeled portrait of this charismatic character.

    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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