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ID:     720692
Type:     Roman Provincial
Issuer:     Asander
Date Ruled:     As archon, circa 47-43 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Stater
Weight:     8.23 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Bare head right
Reverse Description:     Nike standing on prow of galley left, holding wreath and palm; ET A (date) across upper field, monogram to inner left
Primary Reference:     Nawotka 1a var. (control marks)
Reference2:     MacDonald 189/2 (same dies as illustration)
Reference3:     RPC I 1842
Reference4:     SNG BM Black Sea 961 (same dies)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Near EF, scattered minor flan flaws and light marks
Notes:     Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 692 Very rare. After defeating Pharnakes II in 47 BC, Asander hoped that Caesar would recognize him as king of Bosporos. Instead, in 46 BC Caesar appointed Mithradates of Pergamon, the illegitimate son of Mithradates VI Eupator and a personal friend. Asander, however, subsequently defeated and killed Mithradates. To support his claim to the throne, Asander married Dynamis, the daughter of Pharnakes II, but for the first four years of his reign, he claimed the title ‘archon’ only, rather than that of ‘basileus.’ The reason for this may be that as Rome had formally recognized the archon Pharnakes II as king, Asander was hoping they would do the same on his behalf – a hope confirmed by Octavian in 43 BC. Consequently, all of Asander’s regnal dates are reckoned from his first year as archon (circa 47/6 BC).