Prusias I Chlorus, King of Bithynia
Prusias I of Bithynia was a significant historical figure who ruled as the King of Bithynia, an ancient kingdom in northwest Asia Minor, from around 230 BC to 182 BC. He was the son of Ziaelas of Bithynia.
Upon assuming the throne, Prusias I embarked on military campaigns and diplomatic endeavors to consolidate and expand his realm. He was known for his strategic alliances and for effectively navigating the Hellenistic era’s complex geopolitics. He notably offered refuge to Hannibal, the famous Carthaginian military commander, after the latter’s defeat in the Second Punic War.
His reign marked a significant period in Bithynian history, characterized by territorial expansion, increased regional political influence, and the development of Bithynia’s distinct coinage system. These coins were a vital economic tool and a medium to propagate royal symbolism and political messaging.
Obverse: Diademed head right
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠΡOYΣIOY, Zeus standing left holding sceptre
The inscription “BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠΡOYΣIOY” on a Greek coin translates to “King’s Order” in English. It is a common inscription found on ancient Greek coins, indicating that the coin was issued under the authority of a specific king or ruler.
Diameter: 27 mm
Silver plated, Made in the USA.