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Live auction - bgr_417110 - PONTUS - PONTIC KINGDOM - MITHRIDATES VI THE GREAT Tétradrachme

PONTUS - PONTIC KINGDOM - MITHRIDATES VI THE GREAT Tétradrachme AU
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Estimate : 4 500 €
Price : 2 800 €
Maximum bid : 3 000 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:13:05
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: an 212, mois 11 (août)
Mint name / Town : Amisos, Pont
Metal : silver
Diameter : 32,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,11 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, parfaitement centré des deux côtés. Belle tête idéalisée de Mithridate VI. Joli revers à l’usure superficielle. Patine de collection ancienne légèrement granuleuse
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la vente d’Émile Bourgey des 7-8 novembre 1983, n° 67 (estimé 27.000/32.000 FF)

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de Mithridate VI à droite (idéalisée).

Reverse


Reverse description : Cerf paissant à gauche entre un croissant de lune surmonté d'un astre à six rais centré d’un globule (emblème luni-solaire) ; un monogramme dans le champ à droite ; le tout, dans une couronne de lierre (dionysiaque).
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ MIQRADATOU// EUPATOROS// BIZ/ (PoR) - (AMRK)// IA.
Reverse translation : (du roi Mithridate d’un père illustre an 212, 11e mois).

Commentary


Notre exemplaire est cité dans l’ouvrage de F. de Callataÿ, (HGM. p. 16) (A/ 3 - R/ 4) provenant de la vente Bourgey des 7-8 novembre 1983, n° 67.

Historical background


PONTUS - PONTIC KINGDOM - MITHRIDATES VI THE GREAT

(120-63 BC)

When his father Mithridates V died, Mithridates VI was only eleven years old. Very quickly, however, he built up a vast empire in Asia Minor, came into conflict with the Romans and fought against the kingdoms of Bithynia and Cappadocia. In 88, he ordered the massacre of all the Romans and Italians of Asia Minor, the massacres of Ephesus, where more than 80,000 victims were counted. Mithridates then won Athens where he was archon, but his fleet failed before Rhodes. In 86 BC, after Sulla's recapture of Athens and the battles of Chaeronea and Orchomenus, Mithridates signed the Peace of Dardanus which ended the First Mithridatic War.

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