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Live auction - bgr_340391 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ANTIOCHUS IX CYZICENUS Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 1 500 €
Price : 1 300 €
Maximum bid : 1 400 €
End of the sale : 03 December 2014 14:38:05
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 96-95 AC.
Mint name / Town : Antioche, Syrie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 29 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 15,81 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur un flan large, parfaitement centré des deux côtés avec la stemma complète au droit. Très beau portrait d’Antiochus IX. Joli revers de style fin. Très belle patine de médaillier avec des reflets mordorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la prestigieuse collection du Porfesseur S. Pozzi, Lucerne, 14 mars 1921, n° 3025


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée d'Antiochus IX à droite, entourée de la stemma.


Reverse description : Zeus nicéphore, nu jusqu’à la ceinture assis à gauche, tenant une petite Niké de la main droite qui le couronne et un long sceptre de la main gauche ; le tout dans une couronne.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ ANTIOCOU// FILO-PATOROS/ (EL)/ A/ (DI).
Reverse translation : (du roi Antiochus qui aime son père).


Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. Sur cet exemplaire, au droit, la tête du roi est imberbe et au revers la couronne de la Niké est pointée. Même coin de droit que l’exemplaire de la collection Weber, Hirsch XXI, 1908, n° 4131, pl. LIV et que l’exemplaire représenté dans l’ouvrage de Hoover, HGCS. 9/1232, p. 252.

Historical background

SYRIA - Seleucid Kingdom - ANTIOCHUS IX Cyzicenus

(113-95 BC)

Fourth kingdom (96-95 avant J.-C.)

Antiochus IX, the son of Antiochus VII and Cleopatra Thea was raised to Cyzicus, hence its nickname. His half-brother, Antiochus VIII, tried to assassinate him in 116 BC and the next twenty years were a continuous series of civil wars. Antioch will be taken and retaken four times. Antiochus, who took the title of king and Philopator (who loves his father) in 113 BC, married Cleopatra is murdered by his own sister, Cleopatra Tryphème wife of Antiochus VIII. The following year, when it will resume Antioch, Antiochus IX will run her sister for revenge. A truce was signed the following year it will last five years. Fratricidal war resumed in 106 BC, Antiochus VIII was assassinated in 96 BC, and his eldest son Seleucus VI succeeded him. The following year, Antiochus IX, defeated, killed himself not to fall alive into the hands of his nephew, a beautiful story of family.

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