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E-auction 240-163245 - BITHYNIA - BITHYNIAN KINGDOM - PRUSIAS II Unité

BITHYNIA - BITHYNIAN KINGDOM - PRUSIAS II Unité AU/XF
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2017/11/20 14:03:00
bgr_460366
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Type : Unité
Date: c. 180-150 AC.
Mint name / Town : Nicomédie, Bithynie
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 5,78 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête de Dionysos. Frappe un peu molle au revers. Patine marron superficielle
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste imberbe, juvénile et drapé de Dionysos (Bacchus) à droite, couronné de feuilles de vigne.

Reverse


Reverse description : Le Centaure Chiron à droite, la tête de face, jouant de la lyre, sa tunique flottant derrière ; monogramme entre les antérieurs.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ PROUSIOU.
Reverse translation : (du roi Prusias).

Commentary


Exemplaire sans différent monétaire qui semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux.

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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