Description:In Greek mythology, Zeus oversaw the universe and was the "Father of Gods and Men". He ruled the other Olympian Gods as both a father, as head of the family and as King. He was the God of sky and thunder and his symbols are the bull and oak, along with the eagle and thunderbolt, which are shown on the reverse of this coin. Known for his escapades, Zeus fathered many godly and heroic children including Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Persephone, Dionysus, Perseus and Hercules.
This coin was hand struck in the city of Amisus in the ancient Greek Kingdom of Pontus. Amisus was founded in the 6th century BC, along the Black Sea Coast in present day Turkey. It was re-settled by the Athenians a century later and became a flourishing city on a major trade route. The ruler of Pontus at the time of the minting of this coin was Mithridates VI. He ruled for 57 years and was seen as the protector of Greek cities and culture along the Black Sea and in Asia. As the last great Hellenistic ruler, Mithridates VI was brought down only after repeated wars with the Roman Republic.