Ariobarzanes II Philopator, 62-51 BC

AR Drachm. 4.12g, 17.1mm
MINTED: CAPPADOCIA, Eusebeia-Mazaca, RY 8 (55 BC)
REF: cf. SNG Cop 161
OBVERSE: Diademed head of Ariobarzanes II to right.

REVERSE: BAΣIΛEΩΣ / APIOBAPZANOY / ΦILOPATOPOΣ, Athena Nikephoros standing left holding Nike, spear and shield; [H? (date) in exergue].


Almost Extremely Fine. Hint of granularity. Some dark deposits in recesses; more attractive in hand.

Excellent example of a coin of this scarcer ruler.


Historical Notes:

Ariobarzanes II, son of Ariobarzanes I, ruled the central Anatolian Kingdom of Cappadocia from 62-51 BC as a client of the Roman Republic.  He had a troubled reign and was eventually assassinated by Parthians from his own court.  He was succeeded by his son, Ariobarzanes III. 

CAPPADOCIA, KINGDOM OF . Ariobarzanes II Philopator, 62-51 BC . AR Drachm . Rare

SKU: 3122
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