This coin was minted under Mithridates VI Eupator, the great ruler of the kingdom of Ponto in North Anatolia. He brought his kingdom to the maximum expansion, including the entire Peninsula of Anatolia and the majority of the coast on the Black Sea, including today’s Crimea Peninsula. The magnitude of his empire was one of the major threats to the Roman Republic and waged several wars against the Romans over the control of Greece, known as the Mithridatic Wars. He was defeated by Pompey at the Battle of the Lycus in 66 BC.
Bronze Coin Pendant with Mithradates
The large bronze coin presents on the obverse a helmeted head of Athena, ready for battle. The helmet is crafted with impressive skill and presents rich details. On the reverse, the coin depicts the figure of Perseus, defeating the Gorgon Medusa. Perseus stands triumphant, holding the harpe (a sword typical of mythological contexts) and the head of Medusa in his other hand. Her winged body lays dead at his feet. The coin features the inscription AMI – ΣOY, referring to the city of Amiso, on the Black Sea.
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Condition: Extremely fine condition. Some signs of wear on the reverse.