Cappadocia Ariarathes VII 116-101BC Silver Drachm Fine-Very Fine

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Cappadocia Ariarathes VII 116-101BC Silver Drachm Fine-Very Fine

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  • As you will note from the coins above, the King of Pontus, Mithradates VI, was a key player in Cappadocian succession. The rule of Ariarathes VII was no exception.
  • Bearing the portrait of the ill-fated king, we have a small number of Ariarathes VII drachms in Fine to Very Fine.
  • Measuring 17mm in diameter. 

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The complex world of the Cappadocian kings…

The King of Pontus, Mithradates VI, was a key player in Cappadocian succession. The rule of Ariarathes VII was no exception. Ariarathes VII was the eldest son of Ariarathes VI, who was murdered by Cappadocian noble Gordius on orders of Mithradates. The mother of Ariarathes VII ruled briefly, before overthrown by Nicomedes III of Bithynia. Nicomedes was then ousted by Mithradates, who placed Ariarathes VII on the throne. Ariarathes VII then protested that Gordius, his father’s assassin, was given a role at court, and Mithradates had Ariarathes VII murdered and placed his own son on the throne.

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