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Live auction - bgr_555005 - BITHYNIA - BITHYNIAN KINGDOM - PRUSIAS II Tétradrachme

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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 183-149 AC.
Mint name / Town : Bithynie, Nicomédie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 32 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,82 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan large et bien centré. Beau portrait de Prusias II. Fine usure superficielle. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant du stock de Vigne (1978)


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête barbue, diadémée et ailée du roi Prusias II à droite.


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 Prusias de la main droite ; dans le champ à gauche, un petit aigle debout à gauche sur un foudre et au-dessous, un monogramme.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ PROUSIOU/ (ME).
Reverse translation : (du roi Prusias).

Historical background

Bithynia - UNITED Bithynia - Prusias II

(185-149 BC)

Prusias II is the son of Prusias I (228-185 BC), king of Bithynia and the little son of Philip V of Macedon by his mother. Hannibal had taken refuge in Nicomedia with his father. Fear of being delivered to the Romans by Prusias II, the Carthaginian poisoned himself in 183 BC Prusias I had died at Heraclea Pontus fighting Eumenes II of Pergamum (197-160 BC ). Prusias II had to give up a part of its territory to the king of Pergamum. He tried to ally with the Romans and before such cowardice was eventually murdered in the temple of Zeus at Nicomedia by the crowd.

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