In year 13 the portrait on the drachms of Ariarathes IX from Mint B resembles that of his father Mithradates VI Eupator, and not that of Ariarathes IX. The first Mithridatic war has started and as a reaction to this event it is possible that Mithradates had his portrait placed upon the coinage as a more overt pronouncement of his rule over the Cappadocians via his son.
Kings of Cappadocia. AR Drachm. Ariarathes IX, Eusebeia-Mazaka mint (Mint B), dated 89/8 B.C (RY 13).
Obverse: Diademed head right, with Mithradatic style portrait
Reverse: Athena Nikephoros standing left; monogram in inner left field, IΓ (date) in exergue.
Reference: Simonetta, Coins 7-10 var. (monogram); HGC 7, 845; DCA 459.
Good very fine, attractive portrait.
See photos for further impression.
- Kings of Cappadocia
- Ariarate IX (c. 95 a.C.)
- Anno / Periodo e altre specifiche
- Eusebeia-Mazaka mint, dated 89/8 B.C. - Portrait of Mithridates VI Eupator
- Non certificato