EUMENES II ( ARISTONICUS ) SILVER CISTOPHORUS – RARE ISSUE FROM APOLLONIS STRUCK DURING THE REVOLT AGAINST ROME – CHOICE AU NGC GRADED GREEK PERGAMENE COIN (Inv. 14577)
PERGAMENE KINGDOM. EUMENES III (Aristonicus), ca. 133-129 BC.
Silver cistophorus, 12.45 g., 26 mm, struck at Apollonis, Lydia, during year 4 of the revolt, 131/130 BC.
Obv. Cista mystica within ivy wreath.
Rev. AP-OΛ, snakes around quiver, BA and EY within coils, D in lower right field.
Kleiner & Noe, Series 3, 4-e, p. 105, pl. XXXVIII, 8 (same dies) – Kleiner & Noe cite 2 specimens of this die pairing, one in the Vatican, the other in Munich.
NGC graded CHOICE AU, Strike 4/5. Surface 4/5, “die shift”, an extremely rare cistophoric emission, struck by Aristonicus, the pretender to the throne of Pergamon, who rebelled against Rome and while doing so promised freedom to the slaves in the area. He was ultimately defeated by the Roman army under Marcus Pepernas, and Pergamon brought under the rule of Rome.