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Live auction - bgr_611979 - BITHYNIA - BITHYNIAN KINGDOM - NICOMEDES IV PHILOPATOR Tétradrachme

BITHYNIA - BITHYNIAN KINGDOM - NICOMEDES IV PHILOPATOR Tétradrachme AU
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Starting price : 600 €
Estimate : 1 000 €
Price : 640 €
Maximum bid : 750 €
End of the sale : 08 September 2020 14:26:04
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: an 208
Mint name / Town : Bithynie, Nicomédie .
Metal : silver
Diameter : 31,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,44 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire sur un flan large et bien centré. Très joli revers de style fin. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection de Frank Febrer, artiste peintre décédé en 2013

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée du roi Nicomède II à droite.

Reverse


Reverse description : Zeus Stratios nu jusqu’à la ceinture, barbu debout à gauche, tenant un sceptre long de main gauche et couronnant le nom de Nicomède de la main droite ; dans le champ à gauche, un petit aigle debout à gauche sur un foudre et au-dessous, un monogramme et une date.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ EPIFANOUS/ NIKOMHDOU/ DIS.

Historical background


Bithynia - UNITED Bithynia - NICOMEDES IV Philopator

(94-74 BC)

Nicomedes IV succeeded his father Nicomedes III. Nicomedes IV married Nysa, daughter of Ariarathes VI of Cappadocia and niece of Mithridates VI of Pontus. He had to face the usurpation of his half-brother Socrates Chrestos between 93-92 and 89-88 BC Mithridates VI Eupator supported by (120-63 BC). In fact, with the support of Bithynians Socrates Chrestos seized the throne twice, the second after the victory of the Pontic Amnias summer 89 BC Nicomedes IV which forced to flee and to go ask for help to Rome. Finally the usurper was eliminated in autumn 88 BC by his protector. After a reign of twenty years without relief, he died childless, leaving as heir, Rome finally annex the Kingdom.

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