Pontic Kingdom (Pontus) Mithradates VI the Great - King: 120-63 B. Silver Tetradrachm 30 mm, 16.76 gm. Pergamum, dated Bithynian Era 210 88/87 B.
15 D62/-; unlisted reverse Dionysiac wreath. 15 (D 62/-unlisted reverse die); cf. Dark gray find patina' intact.
Certification: NGC Ancients Ch XF Strike: 4/5 Surface: 3/5 2400928-005 Diademed head of Mithradates right, lomg hair in disarray. - , grazing stag left; star-in-crescent to left; to right year above BK monogram; H (month) in exergue; all within Dionysiac wreath. Mithridates VI or Mithradates VI (Greek:), from Old Persian Mithradatha , "gift of Mithra"; 134-63 BC, also known as Mithradates the Great (Megas) and Eupator Dionysius , was king of Pontus and Armenia Minor in northern Anatolia (now Turkey) from about 120-63 BC. Mithridates is remembered as one of the Roman Republic's most formidable and successful enemies, who engaged three of the prominent generals from the late Roman Republic in the Mithridatic Wars: Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Lucullus and Pompey. He was also the greatest ruler of the Kingdom of Pontus.
Pontus is a historical Greek designation for a region on the southern coast of the Black Sea, located in modern-day eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey. The name was applied to the coastal region and its mountainous hinterland (rising to the Pontic Alps in the east) in antiquity by the Greeks who colonized the area and derived from the Greek name of the Black Sea: Pontos Euxeinos ("Hospitable Sea"), or simply Pontos. Having originally no specific name, the region east of the river Halys was spoken of as the country En Ponti , "on the [Euxeinos] Pontos", and hence it acquired the name of Pontus, which is first found in Xenophon's Anabasis.
The extent of the region varied through the ages but generally extended from the borders of Colchis (modern Georgia) until well into Paphlagonia in the west, with varying amounts of hinterland. Several states and provinces bearing the name of Pontus or variants thereof were established in the region in the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods, culminating in the late Byzantine Empire of Trebizond. Pontus is sometimes considered as the home of the Amazons, with the name Amazon used not only for a city (Amasya) but for all of Pontus in Greek mythology. Pontus became important as a bastion of Byzantine Greek and Greek Orthodox civilization and attracted Greeks from all backgrounds (scholars, traders, mercenaries, refugees) from all over Anatolia and the southern Balkans, from the Classical and Hellenistic periods into the Byzantine and Ottoman.
These Greeks of Pontus are generally referred to as Pontic Greeks. The item "MITHRADATES, 87BC Pontus Authentic Ancient Greek Silver Coin Certified NGC Ch XF" is in sale since Tuesday, April 7, 2015. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Greek (450 BC-100 AD)".
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