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Hiempsal II c. 106-60 BC.
Drachm
Hiempsal II was a king of ancient Numidia (Tinisia and Algeria, not present day Numidia). His father was Gauda and Jugurtha was his half-brother. When Gaius Marius fled from Rome to Africa after the triumph of Lucius Cornelius Sulla in 88 BC Hiempsal welcomed them although his real intention being to detain them as hostages. Marius however escaped with the assistance of the king's daughter. After a temporary overthrow by the African Marian party leader Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus. Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, under the authority of Sulla, reinstated Hiempsal. Obverse probable head of Hiempsal II wreathed with wheat. Reverse a prancing horse with Punic letters below.
Mint: Numidia
Provenance: Courtesy Harlan J. Berk Ltd.

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