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Cappadocia, Ariarathes VIII (c.101/100-98/5 BC) AR Drachm NGC Ch.VF

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Why order this Ariarathes VIII of Cappadocia (c.101/100-98/5 BC) AR Drachm?

The two short reigns of Ariarathes VIII of Cappadocia provide a window into the fleeting nature of power in the ancient world. The second son of Ariarathes VI, he ascended to the throne following a rebellion against King Mithridates VI of Pontus and his son, Ariarathes IX of Cappadocia. He was driven from power just five years later and was then restored to power briefly in BC 95. The Roman Senate then permitted the people of Cappadocia to choose their own king, at which point Ariarathes VIII was replaced by Ariobarzanes I. This coin was struck during his brief reign and is perfect for collectors looking for a connection to the ancient world.

Youthful Ariarathes VIII Design

The obverse features a right-side portrait of Ariarathes VIII wearing a diadem. Notably, the king's likeness takes up less space on the obverse than those of other Cappadocian leaders on their drachm coins.

On the reverse, the goddess of warfare and wisdom, Athena, stands holding Nike. Nike, the goddess of victory, holds a wreath.

Well Maintained VF

The experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) certified that this coin remains in Very Fine condition. That means that it retains sharp digits and letters, as well as moderate design detail.

Buy this (c.101/100-98/5 BC) Ariarathes VIII of Cappadocia AR Drachm today.


Year of Issue:c.101/100-98/5 BC
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:Ch VF
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