After he subjugated Colchis and the Bosporian kingdom, he focused his attention on Anatolia. He made an alliance with Nikomedes III, king of Bithynia and conquered Paphlagonia and Galatia together. However, soon it became clear to Mithridates that Nikomedes III was trying to form an anti-Pontic alliance with the expanding Roman Republic, and defeated him in a series of battles. Afterwards, the son of Nikomedes III, Nikomedes IV came to rule Bithynia, a puppet of the Romans. Mithridates tried to overthrow him but failed, which led Nikomedes IV to declare war on him. Two Roman legions and the army of Nikomedes IV invaded Pontos in 89 BC, being outnumbered, it was a decisive victory for Mithridates. He knew one thing now: to expel the Romans from Asia. Map of the Kingdom of Pontus, Before the reign of Mithridates VI (dark purple), after his conquests (purple), his conquests in the first Mithridatic wars (pink) and Pontus' ally the Kingdom of Armenia (green). When he went through Anatolia, he was welcomed, invited, but by some hated and even despised. First he passed through Phygria, Tralles joined the Pontic forces, followed by Apameia ad Maeandrum. Heading towards Caria, he came across Laodicea on the Lycus, which gave heavy resistance. This was the first resistance, and Mithridates laid siege on the city. The city surrendered after Mithridates promised no harm came to the people. In Caria, there was a mixed welcome for Mithridates. Stratonikeia and Tabai resisted but were captured after a siege and fined. Kaunos on the other hand was very pro-Mithridatic and even participated in the massacre of the Romans (see the "Asiatic Vespers"). Knidos and Kos island joined Mithridates afterwards as well. Magnesia ad Maeandrum, together with Rhodos, were the two cities which gave the most resistance to Mithridates, and even fought with courage against him. Going across Anatolia, there were some places that did not resist him, not succumb to him, but actually invited him. Some notable places are Ephesos, Smyrna, Mytilene and Pergamon. The cities issued coins, some with his portrait on it to indicate the Pontic alliance to him. For example, in Pergamon his new style silver tetradrachms were issued there. In Ephesos, Erythrai, Miletos, Smyrna and Tralles gold staters, to show their independence from the Romans. Smyrna however, even issued big bronze coins with the portrait of the king on it. Ionia, Smyrna. Circa 88/85-75 B.C. Æ coin. Mithradatic Wars issue. Hermogenes and Phrixos, magistrates. Obverse: Diademed head of Mithradates VI of Pontos right Reverse: Nike standing right, holding wreath and palm frond; ΣΜΥΡΝΑΙΩΝ to right, EPMOΓENHΣ/ΦPIΞOΣ in two lines to left. Reference: Milne, Autonomous 340. 14.39g; 25mm These coins are rare, because after Mithridates was defeated by the Romans, Smyrna quickly toke these coins out of circulation because obviously they wanted to hide the fact that they supported Mithridates. Please share your coins of Mithridates IV, coins from Pontos, coins of Nikomedes III/IV or any other related coins! @panzerman do you maybe have one of these gold staters?