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Sale: CNG 70, Lot: 367. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2005. 
Sold For $850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ARMENIA. "Tosp." Mithridates. 1st-2nd century AD. Æ 24mm (7.62 g, 1h). Diademed Parthian style head right within wreath / "Mithradates King of Tosp(?)," within wreath. Cf. E. Khurshudian, "A Coin of Mitridat, King of Tosp," ONS Newsletter 157 (1998), p. 8 (left-facing bust); CNG 67, 832; CNG 66, 818. VF for issue, brown patina, dark brown encrustation on reverse. Rare. ($500)

Khurshudian records four examples of similar coins, all with left facing heads. The coins were all found in Armenia (three in the archaeological excavations at Artashat and one in Van). This right-facing bust variety has the identical reverse legend, which as translated mentions a sub-king named Mithradates from the otherwise unknown district of Tosp.