CAPPADOCIA, KINGDOM OF
Ariobarzanes I Philoromaios, 95-62 BC
AR Drachm. 3.76g, 17.7mm
MINTED: CAPPADOCIA, Eusebeia-Mazaca, RY 13 (83/2 BC)
REF: HGC 7, 849
OBVERSE: Diademed head right.
REVERSE: BAΣIΛEΩΣ APIOBAPZANOY ΦIΛOPΩMAIOY, Athena standing left, holding Nike, spear and shield; monogram left, IΓ (date) in exergue.
Good Very Fine. Dark toning and some patches of find patina.
Historical Notes:Ariobarzanes I was king of Cappadocia from 95-62 BC, elected to the throne by the local nobility and supported by the Romans, who at the time treated the kingdom as their protectorate. He lost power repeatedly (to Tigranes the Great of Armenia, Ariarathes Eusebes, and Mithradates VI of Pontus), but was each time restored to the throne by the Romans. Quite aptly, he was given the name Philoromaios, 'friend of the Romans'. He abdicated in 62 BC and was succeeded by his son, Ariobarzanes II.
CAPPADOCIA, KINGDOM OF . Ariobarzanes I Philoromaios, 95-62 BC . AR Drachm
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