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Area/Ruler: Cappadocian Kingdom: Ariarathes V, Eusebes Philopator
Reigned: 163-130 BC
Denomination: AR Drachm
Obverse: King's middle-aged diademed head right.
Reverse: Athena standing left, holding Nike left (crowning king's name). On right:"ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ" On left: "ΑΡΙΡΑΘΟV" In Exergue: "ΕVΣΕΒΟϒΣ / ΓΑ"
Reference: GCV 7286
Weight: 4.1 gms
Diameter: 17.3 mm
Comment: Last part of exergue = regnal date -year 33

Ariarathes V

The cappadocian kingdom was founded by Ariarathes I, who at the time of Alexander's conquest of the Persian Empire, made himself an independant satrap of Cappadocia. He kept this position until 322 BC when he was put to death by Perdikkas and Eumenes.

Ariarathes V was the son of Ariarathes IV and Antiochis. He was temporarily expelled from his kingdom in 158 BC by the pretender Orophernes. A man of culture, he ruled his kingdom wisely until 130 BC when he was killed fighting for the Romans against the Pergamene pretender Aristonikos.

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