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Kingdom of Pontus, Mithridates VI, Stater

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Kingdom of Pontus, Mithridates VI, Stater (obverse) Kingdom of Pontus, Mithridates VI, Stater (reverse)

This stater is mercenary money of the highest quality. In the 80's of the last pre-Christian century, King Mithridates VI of Pontus (120-63 BC) armed for war against the Roman Republic. Top pay his mercenaries, he had coins minted in different cities. For the mostly celtic mercenaries to accept his money without reservations, Mithridates issued the among the Celts most popular coin type. This was the so-called stater of Lysimachus, which bore on the obverse the head of Alexander the Great wearing the Horns of Ammon and on the reverse the goddess Athena with a little winged Victory. Mithridates changed the image only in one detail instead of Alexander he had himself depicted on the obverse.

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