120-63BC Mithradates VI AV Stater MS

PONTIC KINGDOM. Time of Mithradates VI (120-63 BC). AV stater (19mm, 8.35 gm, 12h). NGC MS 3/5 - 5/5. In name and type of Lysimachus of Thrace, Tomis, ca. 120-100 BC. Head of the deified Alexander the Great right wearing diadem and horn of Ammon / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena seated left, elbow resting on shield, holding Nike, monogram below arm, TO below throne; ornamented trident and pellet in exergue. De Callataÿ p. 141, dies D4/R2. AMNG I 2480. Obverse die a bit rusty, otherwise a sharp, lustrous and very scarce specimen.

Mithridates VI, from Old Persian Miθradāta, "gift of Mithra"; 135–63 BC, also known as Mithradates the Great (Megas) and Eupator Dionysius, was king of Pontus and Armenia Minor in northern Anatolia (now Turkey) from about 120–63 BC. Mithridates is remembered as one of the Roman Republic’s most formidable and successful enemies, who engaged three of the prominent generals from the late Roman Republic in the Mithridatic Wars: Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Lucius Licinius Lucullus and Gnaeus Pompey Magnus. He is often considered the greatest ruler of the Kingdom of Pontus.

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