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Live auction - bgr_422098 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ANTIOCHUS VIII GRYPUS Tétradrachme

SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ANTIOCHUS VIII GRYPUS Tétradrachme MS
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Estimate : 1 500 €
Price : 950 €
Maximum bid : 950 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:27:35
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 115-113 AC.
Mint name / Town : Aké-Ptolémais,Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 29,50 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,69 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle pour ce type de monnayage sur un flan ovale, parfaitement centré des deux côtés. Portrait magnifique d’Antiochus VIII. Revers magnifique où tous les détails sont visibles. Magnifique patine de collection avec des reflets dorés. Conserve l’intégralité de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de CGB en 2012

Obverse


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

Reverse


Reverse description : Zeus Uranios,nu jusqu’à la ceinture, debout à gauche, la tête surmontée d'un croissant, à demi-nu, la chlamyde sur l'épaule, tenant une étoile à huit raies de la main droite et de la gauche un sceptre long (emblème luni-solaire).
Reverse legend : BASILEWS// ANTIOCOU// EPI-FANOUS// DAR.
Reverse translation : (du roi Antiochus glorieux).

Commentary


Sur cet exemplaire, Antiochus n’a pas l’appendice nasal proéminent qui le caractérise (grypus). La stemma est bien visible sur notre exemplaire. Il y avait trois exemplaires de ce type dans le trésor de Kessab (IGCH. 1568), enfoui vers 110 avant J.-C. et qui contenait plus de 388 monnaies d’argent dont 102 tétradrachmes d’Antiochus VIII avec 70 pièces pour l’atelier d’Aké-Ptolémaïs.

Historical background


SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ANTIOCHUS VIII GRYPUS

(121-96 BC)

First reign

Antiochus VIII with the long nose (grypos) is the eldest son of Demetrius II and Cleopatra Thea. After a regency between 125 and 121 BC with his mother, whom he ended up poisoning before being assassinated himself, he had to fight for twenty years against his half-brother Antiochus IX Cyzicene (of Cyzicus) . Antioch had to be retaken four times. Antiochus reigned there from 121 to 113, then in 112 and 111, from 111 to 109, finally from 108 to 96 BC. Antiochus VIII was assassinated by his son Seleucus VI who also killed his uncle Antiochus IX before being himself eliminated by Antiochus X, son of Antiochus IX in 96 BC, a beautiful family story.

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