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Live auction - bgr_428407 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ANTIOCHUS VII SIDETES Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 450 €
Maximum bid : 450 €
End of the sale : 02 May 2017 14:18:00
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 138-129 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarse, Cilicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 28 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,25 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré. Très belle tête d’Antiochus VII. Revers de style fin. Belle patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de Jean Elsen, Bruxelles


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


Reverse description : Athéna nicéphore debout à gauche, casquée et drapée, tenant une Niké de la main droite, une javeline et un bouclier de la main gauche ; dans le champ à gauche, un monogramme ; le tout dans une couronne de laurier.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ ANTIOCOU// EUER-GETOU/ (PAR)/ (DI).

Historical background


(138-129 BC)

Antiochus VII was the second son of Demetrius I and the brother of Demetrius II Nicator. His nickname Sidetes comes from the city of Side, where he was raised. He married his sister-in-law Cleopatra, the daughter of Ptolemy VI, after eliminating Tryphon who had had Antiochus VI Dionysus assassinated. During his reign, he had to fight against the Jews who had emancipated themselves and refused to pay tribute, and against his powerful Parthian neighbors who had captured his brother, Demetrius II Nicator. Defeated by the Parthians of Phraates II (138-127 AC.), he died during a brawl and left a son, the future Antiochus IX Cyzicene.

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