CAPPADOCIA, KINGDOM OF
Ariarathes V Eusebes Philopator, 163-160 BC
AR Drachm. 3.82g, 17.8mm
MINTED: CAPPADOCIA, Eusebeia-Mazaca, dated RY 33 (131/130 BC)
REF: Simonetta 20a (Ariarathes IV); SNG Copenhgen Supp. 673-678
OBVERSE: Diademed head right.
REVERSE: Athena standing left, holding Nike, spear and shield set on ground; BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ APIAPAΘOY EYΣEBOYΣ around, monograms to outer left, inner left, and outer right, ΓΛ (date) below.
Very Fine. Very dark find patina. Slight roughness.
Historical Notes:Ariarathes V was the ruler of the central Anatolian Kingdom of Cappadocia from 163-130 BC. He strengthened the kingdom by allying himself with the Roman Republic and Attalus II of Pergamon, and also contributed to the flowering of culture and arts within his kingdom. He was killed in 130 BC assisting the Romans in their war against the Pergamene pretender, Aristonicus (Euemenes III). After his death, his wife, Queen Nysa, cruelly killed 5 of their children in her quest to rule the kingdom. She was ultimately overthrown and executed, and their last surviving son then reigned as Ariarathes VI.
CAPPADOCIA, KINGDOM OF . Ariarathes V Eusebes Philopator, 163-160 BC . AR Drachm
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