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KIngs of Cappadocia. Ariarathes V Eusebes Philopator

KIngs of Cappadocia. Ariarathes V Eusebes Philopator

Ariarathes V Eusebes Tetradrachm

Bradley Bowlin >  “My Coin of the Day: New Acquisition

KINGS of CAPPADOCIA. Ariarathes V Eusebes Philopator. Circa 163-130 BC. AR Tetradrachm (34mm, 16.73 g, 12h). Mint A (Eusebeia-Mazaca). Dated RY 30 (133/2 BC). Diademed head right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ APIAPAΘOV EVΣEBOVΣ, Athena Nikephoros standing left; monograms to outer left, inner left, and outer right, Λ (date) in exergue. Simonetta 4 (Ariarathes IV; same obv. die as illustration); Simonetta, Coins 2 (Ariarathes IV; same obv. die as illustration); HGC 7, 810; SNG von Aulock 6263 (same obv. die); Gemini X, lot 127; Gemini IV, lot 212 (same obv. die); Lanz 128, lot 139 = LHS 95, lot 705 (same dies); Manhattan Sale I lot 84 = Freeman & Sear 15, lot 143 (same obv. die).

This coin is struck on an immense flan and in the highest relief imaginable. The style is just superb and it’s one of my favorite coins. I looked for a decent example for 15 years and this is probably the finest of the 20 or less examples known”

Thank you Bradley Bowlin The Medicus Collection.

“If there is one characteristic feature of this final period of decline in the kingdoms of the Nearer East which were formed out of the break-up of Alexander’s Empire it is the universal domestic quarrels. We have just seen how the quarrel of Philometor and Euergetes in Egypt gave an opening for Roman interference. The domestic wars of a kingdom are invariably used at this time by its neighbors for their own advantage. A principal weapon one power employs against another is a rival claimant.

A quarrel broke out in the royal house of Cappadocia. Ariarathes V had, as we saw, two elder brothers, or putative brothers, one of whom, Orophernes, had been educated in Ionia. Demetrius entered into an agreement with Orophernes to set him instead of Ariarathes upon the Cappadocian throne for the sum of 1000 talents. Once more, therefore, a Seleucid army appeared north of the Taurus and drove the king of Cappadocia from his throne. Orophernes was successfully instated in his place.” (1) 

(1) Edwin Robert Bevan. The House of Seleucus