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Live auction - bgr_839013 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ANTIOCHUS III THE GREAT Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 1 600 €
Price : 900 €
Maximum bid : 900 €
End of the sale : 05 March 2024 14:28:38
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 212-210 AC.
Mint name / Town : Ilium (Ilion), Troade
Metal : silver
Diameter : 32,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,72 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Flan large, centré. Très beau portrait ainsi qu’un revers bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise avec de légers reflets dorés


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée d'Antiochus III à droite.


Reverse description : Apollon nu assis à gauche sur l'omphalos, tenant une flèche de la main droite et appuyé sur son arc de la main gauche.
Reverse legend : BASILEOS// ANTIOCOU // (FU).
Reverse translation : (du roi Antiochus).


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire reproduit dans l’ouvrage de A. Houghton (SC. 870, pl. 41 = CSE, exemplaire de la collection Houghton). Même coin de droit que l’exemplaire SC 871= WSM 1601 retouché).

Historical background


(223-187 BC)

Antiochus III, second son of Seleucus II, succeeded his brother Seleucus III in 223 BC. He first had to put down the revolt of Molon, a satrap of Media who had revolted and was only eliminated in 220 BC Having made the mistake of entrusting the military command of Asia Minor to his uncle Achaios, the latter revolted and Antiochus did not overcome the revolt until after the capture of Sardis in 214 BC. .-C. The decapitated usurper, he then restored Seleucid power in Parthia and Bactria. After Philip V was defeated at Cynoscephali and welcomed the exiled Hannibal, he became an implacable enemy of the Romans. After a first series of victories, he was finally defeated at Thermopylae and Magnesia in 189 BC. He had to sign the Peace of Apamea the following year, consecrating Roman hegemony and the end of Seleucid domination in Asia Minor, leaving Pergamum the arbiter of the situation. He was assassinated in 187 BC.

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