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Live auction - bgr_364769 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ANTIOCHUS VIII GRYPUS Tétradrachme

SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ANTIOCHUS VIII GRYPUS Tétradrachme AU
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Estimate : 950 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 29 September 2015 14:24:20
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 115-113 AC.
Mint name / Town : Aké-Ptolémais,Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 31 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,45 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan très large bien centré des deux côtés. Très beau portrait d’Antiochus VIII. Joli revers de haut relief et de style fin. Magnifique patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés. Conserve la plus grande partie de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection Abdo Ayoub

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 rais 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 - Seleucid Kingdom - ANTIOCHUS VIII grypus

(121-96 BC)

First reign (121-114/113 avant J.-C.)

Antiochus VIII long nose (Grypus) is the eldest son of Demetrius II and Cleopatra Thea. After a regency between 125 and 121 BC with his mother, he eventually poison before being killed himself, he had to struggle for twenty years against his half-brother Antiochus IX Cyzicenus (Cyzicus) . Antioch had to be repeated four times. Antiochus reigned from 121 to 113, then 112 and 111, 111 to 109, finally 108-96 BC Antiochus VIII was murdered by his son Seleucus VI was also killed his uncle Antiochus IX before itself be removed by Antiochus X, son of Antiochus IX in 96 BC, a beautiful story of family.

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