Gold Stater Issued Under King Mithradates VI - C.2264 - For Sale

Gold Stater Issued Under King Mithradates VI - C.2264
Price: $2400.00
Obverse: Portrait of Deified Alexander the Great Reverse: Athena Seated Facing Left Holding Nike Mithradates VI was the legendary king of Pontus, a region in what is now northeastern Turkey. In about 121 B.C., at the age of eleven, he succeeded his father, Mithradates V, and began his career of conquest by seizing Colchis and the Crimea from the Scythians. His attempts to cement his control in Paphlagonia and Cappadocia were thwarted by Rome, and a plot to depose Nicomedes III of Bithynia was unsuccessful. Raids on Pontic territory in 88 B.C. by Nicomedes, instigated by Rome, led to the First Mithradatic War. Mithradates occupied the Roman Province of Asia and most of the Greek cities in Asia Minor, but during 86 and 85 he was defeated in Asia and Greece by the Roman generals Gaius Flavius Fimbria and Lucius Cornelius Sulla. The Second Mithradatic War began with a Roman invasion of Pontus in 83 that was repelled the next year. The Roman design to annex Bithynia provoked the Third Mithradatic War. Mithradates occupied Bithynia, but in 73 B.C. his army was isolated and destroyed by the Roman commander Lucius Licinius Lucullus. In 66, Pompey the Great succeeded to the Roman command and defeated Mithradates, who had regained much of his territory. Mithradates then devised a plan for the invasion of Italy from the north, but his troops deserted to his son, Pharnaces and Mithradates soon committed suicide.Origin: Mediterranean Circa: 88 BC to 86 BC Collection: Numismatics Style: Pontic Medium: Gold

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