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Cappadocia, Ariobarzanes III (c.52-42 BC) AR Drachm NGC Ch.VF

Cappadocia, Ariobarzanes III (c.52-42 BC) AR Drachm NGC Ch.VF
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Why order this (c.52-42 BC) Cappadocia, Ariobarzanes III AR Drachm?

Weighing in at 4.22 g, this Ariobarzanes III AR Drachm dates to about half a century before the birth of Christ. It comes from the Roman province of Cappadocia, which is situated in modern day Turkey. It was struck during the reign of Ariobarzanes III, who was known as "Pious and Friend of the Romans." Although he was supported by the Roman Senate and Julius Caesar, under whom he gained more territory, Ariobarzanes III was eventually executed under the orders of Cassius Longinus, because he refused to permit increased Roman intervention within his kingdom.

Exquisite Ariobarzanes III Design

The obverse features the likeness of Ariobarzanes III. He is depicted in left-side profile wearing a beard. A diadem on his head indicates his royal status.

Athena stands on the reverse facing the left side of the coin. Athena was the Greek goddess of many things, such as wisdom, courage, justice, and strategic warfare. She holds a spear in one hand, and Nike, a goddess who personified victory, in the other. To the left is a crescent, which remains a symbol of Turkey to this day. These images are encircled by several Greek inscriptions.

Beautifully Preserved VF

This coin earned a Very Fine grade from the experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). To receive a VF grade, a coin must have sharp letters and digits and retain design detail.

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Year of Issue:c.52-42 BC
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:Ch VF