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Live auction - bgr_671483 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ANTIOCHUS IX CYZICENUS Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 1 200 €
Price : 740 €
Maximum bid : 740 €
End of the sale : 07 September 2021 14:48:55
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 96-95 AC.
Mint name / Town : Antioche, Syrie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 28 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,24 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Superbe exemplaire, idéalement centré. Joli portrait, bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise avec reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire de la collection Aymé Cornu


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).

Historical background


(113-95 BC)

Fourth reign

Antiochus IX, the son of Antiochus VII and Cleopatra Thea, was raised in Cyzicus, hence his nickname. His half-brother, Antiochus VIII, tried to assassinate him in 116 BC and the next twenty years were one continuous series of civil wars. Antioch will be taken and retaken four times. Antiochus, who takes the title of king and Philopator (one who loves his father) in 113 BC, married Cleopatra who was murdered by his own sister, Cleopatra Tryphemus, wife of Antiochus VIII. The following year, when he took over Antioch, Antiochus IX had his sister-in-law executed in revenge. A truce is signed the following year; it will last five years. The 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, kills himself so as not to fall alive into the hands of his nephew, a beautiful family story.

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