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Why add this Ancient Gold Stater of Pontic King Mithradates VI to your collection?
Mithradates VI was king of Pontus and Armenia Minor (current day Turkey) from 120-63 B.C. Known as one of the most successful enemies of the Roman Republic, Mithradates is frequently considered the greatest ruler of the Kingdom of Pontus. This Gold Stater, struck during his reign at the Mint in the city of Tomis, resembles the design struck by Lysimachus nearly two hundred years earlier, depicting Alexander III (Alexander the Great). At that time, Lysimachus believed the use of Alexander's image would reinforce his claim to the territories he inherited.
Divine Image of Alexander the Great
The obverse depicts Alexander, wearing the crown and ram-horns of Jupiter Ammon, the Roman equal to the Greek god Zeus. The reverse features Athena, the Goddess of War, seated facing left, right arm resting on shield. Nike, the Winged Goddess of Victory stands in Athena's outstretched hand placing a crown onto the ruler's inscribed name.
Beautiful Mint State Ancient coin
This gorgeous ancient gold Stater of Mithradates VI is graded Mint State, with additional grading of 4/5 for strike quality, and 5/5 for surface characteristics by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). NGC rates ancient coins on an ascending scale of 1 to 5. Having a Sheldon Scale equivalent of 60-62, this coin will have a few marks or abrasions, but remarkably little sign of wear overall. Impressive for a coin over 2,000 years old!
An ancient coin in this beautiful condition won't last! Add this gorgeous piece of history to your collection today!
This Pontic Kingdom, Gold Stater of Mithradates VI (120-63 BC) - Types of Lysimachus - obv. Alexander the Great/rv. Athena Seated NGC MS (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 5/5) is proudly minted by the City of Tomis. The City of Tomis was founded by the Greeks around 600 BC and produced many ancient coins, including tetradrachms.
|Year of Issue:||120-63 BC|
|Mint:||City of Tomis|
|Weight in Grams:||8.31 g|
|Legal Tender:||Pontic Kingdom|