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ID:     80000267
Type:     Greek
Region:     PONTUS KINGS
Issuer:     Mithradates III
Date Ruled:     Circa 220-196/5 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Drachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC circa 200
Weight:     3.96 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Diademed head right
Reverse Legend:     BAΣIΛEΩΣ MIΘPAΔATOY
Reverse Description:     Zeus AËtophoros seated left; to inner left field, star above crescent above monogram
Mint:     Amaseia or Sinope
Primary Reference:     Callataÿ, First, dies O1/R1 (this coin listed as specimen b)
Reference2:     RG 3 (same dies)
Reference3:     otherwise unpublished
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=132490
Grade:     Good VF, toned, granular surfaces, minor edge chips
Notes:     Sale: Triton XII, Lot: 267 Extremely rare, the finest of two known, the other in the BN. Ex MÜnzen und Medaillen Deutschland 11 (7 November 2002), lot 676; Bayerische Vereinsbank MÜnzschÄtze FPL 11 (April 1976), no. 32.With the exception of the coinage of Mithradates VI ‘the Great’, the coins of the earlier Pontic kings are very rare, and only a handful of drachms are known. As noted by MØrkholm in EHC, the portraits of these Pontic kings are among the most striking and lifelike in all of Greek royal portrait coinage. Unlike many other series, such as the Ptolemies and Seleukids, the portraits here are not idealized, portraying their subjects “warts and all.” Only some of the coins of the early Greco-Baktrian kings have such lovely die workmanship, but the character displayed in these Pontic portraits is unparalleled.