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Pontic Kingdom, Mithradates VI, c. 120 - 63 B.C., Chabakta, Pontos

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Chabakta was an important town within the territory of Amisos. Quite a few towns first struck coins under Mithradates VI, including Amaseia, Abonutheichos, Chabakta, Comana, Laodiceia, and Taulara. The cities issued the same types indicating central control over the mints.
GB76955. Bronze AE 24, SNG Stancomb 714; SNG BM Black Sea 1258; SNG Cop IV 204; Rec Gén p. 77, 1; BMC Pontus -; SNGvA -; Laffaille -, aVF, well centered, uneven green patina, weight 10.718 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 0o, Chabakta mint, c. 100 - 70 B.C.; obverse head of Perseus right, wearing Phrygian helmet with griffin's head crest and diadem; reverse Pegasos grazing left, monogram left, XABAKTΩN in exergue; very rare; $180.00 (€160.20)
 


Pontic Kingdom, Mithradates VI, c. 120 - 63 B.C., Amisos, Pontos

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Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of Pontus. The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome. In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks, to be later taken over by the Ilhanlilar. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the north coast of Turkey.
GB79948. Bronze AE 24, BMC Pontus p. 18, 60 ff. var.; SNG BM 1212 ff. var.; SNG Stancomb 701 ff. var.; SNG Cop 158 f. var.; SNGvA 62 var.; HGC 7 239 (S) (all var. monogram), gVF, attractive, centered on a tight flan, weight 12.653 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 85 - 65 B.C.; obverse head of Mithradates VI as Perseus right, wearing diadem and Phrygian helmet; reverse AMIΣOY, Pegasos grazing left, monogram below; $180.00 (€160.20)
 


Pontic Kingdom, Mithradates VI, c. 120 - 63 B.C., Amisos, Pontos

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Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of Pontus. The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome. In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks, to be later taken over by the Ilhanlilar. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the north coast of Turkey.
GB77160. Bronze AE 25, BMC Pontus p. 18, 60; SNG BM Black Sea 1213; Rec Gén p. 69, 32; SNG Stancomb 702; SNG Cop 159; SNGvA 62 var. (addl. monogram upper l.); HGC 7 239 (S), VF, attractive coin, some tiny pitting on the reverse, weight 13.070 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 85 - 65 B.C.; obverse head of Mithradates VI as Perseus right, wearing diadem and Phrygian helmet; reverse Pegasos grazing left, AMIΣOY over two monograms in exergue; $135.00 (€120.15)
 


Pontic Kingdom, Mithradates VI, c. 120 - 63 B.C., Amisos, Pontos

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Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of Pontus. The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome. In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks, to be later taken over by the Ilhanlilar. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the north coast of Turkey.
GB77161. Bronze AE 25, BMC Pontus p. 18, 61; SNG BM 1213 var.; SNG Stancomb 702 f. var.; SNG Cop 158 var.; Rec Gén p. 69, 32 var.; HGC 7 237 (S) (all var. right monogram), VF, attractive coin, coarse green patina, weight 13.134 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 85 - 65 B.C.; obverse head of Mithradates VI as Perseus right, wearing diadem and Phrygian helmet; reverse Pegasos grazing left, AMIΣOY over two monograms in exergue; $135.00 (€120.15)
 


Pontos, 130 - 100 B.C.

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An enigmatic and very rare coin with unusual curious types.
GB72869. Bronze AE 12, SNG BM Black Sea 984; SNG Stancomb 653; Lindgren III 154; HGC 7 317, aVF, weakly struck, weight 1.264 g, maximum diameter 11.7 mm, Pontos, uncertain mint, 130 - 100 B.C.; obverse horse-head right, with star of eight points and central pellet on neck; reverse comet star of seven points, central pellet, and tail to right; very rare; $125.00 (€111.25)
 


Pontic Kingdom, Mithradates VI, c. 120 - 63 B.C., Amisos, Pontos

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Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of Pontus. The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome. In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks, to be later taken over by the Ilhanlilar. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the north coast of Turkey.
GB77037. Bronze AE 23, SNG BM Black Sea 1216; BMC Pontus p. 18, 60 ff. var. (no A); SNG Stancomb 701 ff. var. (controls); SNG Cop 158 f. var. (same); SNGvA 62 var. (same), VF, nice style, weight 12.6 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 0o, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 85 - 65 B.C.; obverse head of Mithradates VI as Perseus right, wearing diadem and Phrygian helmet; reverse AMIΣOY, Pegasos grazing left, monograms left, monogram and A below; $120.00 (€106.80)
 


Pharnakeia, Pontos, 85 - 65 B.C.

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Pharnakeia (Giresun, Turkey today) was founded on the Black Sea coast as Kerasous by residents of Kotyora. The city was renamed Pharnakeia, by Pharnaces I of Pontus after he captured the city in 183 B.C., and it was called by that name as late as the second century A.D. The inhabitants lived mostly on fishing but also mined ore and cut timber in the adjacent mountain areas. During his war against Sulla, Mithradates' sisters resided in the city.

According to Pliny, the cherry was first exported from Pharnakeia to Europe in Roman times. The English word cherry, French cerise, and Spanish cereza, and Latin cerasus, were all derived from original name of the city, Kerasous.
GB66854. Bronze AE 20, Rec Gén p. 138, 4; SNG BM 1278; SNG Cop 224, gVF, weight 8.220 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 0o, Pharnakeia mint, under Mithradates VI of Pontos, 85 - 65 B.C.; obverse laureate bearded head of Zeus right; reverse eagle standing left, head right, wings open, monogram left, ΦAPNAKEIAΣ below; rare city; $100.00 (€89.00)
 


Amisos, Pontos, c. 120 - 63 B.C.

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Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of Pontus. The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome. In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks, to be later taken over by the Ilhanlilar. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the north coast of Turkey.
GB77038. Bronze AE 20, cf. BMC Pontus p. 17, 48; SNG BM 1161; SNG Stancomb 679; SNGvA 64; SNG Cop 150; SGCV II 3643; HGC 7 241, VF, tight flan, corrosion, weight 7.969 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 120 - 63 B.C.; obverse head of Ares right in crested helmet; reverse sword in sheath with strap, AMI−ΣOY divided across field, star within crescent with horns up upper left, IB upper right, monograms lower left and right; $70.00 (€62.30)
 


Amisos, Pontos, c. 120 - 100 B.C., Time of Mithradates VI Eupator

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Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of Pontus. The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome. In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks, to be later taken over by the Ilhanlilar. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the north coast of Turkey.
GB67881. Bronze AE 26, BMC Pontus p. 20, 80, SNG Ashmolean 65, SNG Stancomb 669, SNG BM 1135, SNG Cop 131, SNGvA 58, HGC 7 236 (S), aVF, weight 20.171 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 0o, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 120 - 100 B.C.; obverse head right, wearing bashlyk; reverse AMI−ΣOY, quiver with strap; scarce; $60.00 (€53.40)
 


Pharnakia, Pontic Kingdom, Pontos, c. 85 - 65 B.C.

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A natural fortress and harbor on the south coast of the Black Sea in the former land of the Chalybes, Pharnakia stood at the end of a route over the Pontic mountains from Armenia Minor. Pharnakes I of Pontus founded it, c. 180 B.C., in newly conquered territory with citizens from Kotyora. The city was annexed to Galatia with the rest of the Pontic Kingdom in 64 or 65 A.D.
GB67870. Bronze AE 21, BMC Pontus p. 36, 2, SNG Cop 222, SNGvA 132, SNG Newcastle 407, SNG BM 1276 ff., gVF, rough, weight 8.719 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 45o, Pharnakia mint, c. 85 - 65 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦAPNAKEI, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head right, wings open, monogram left; $45.00 (€40.05)
 




  



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