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Live auction - bgr_878116 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ANTIOCHUS VIII GRYPUS Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 800 €
Price : 440 €
Maximum bid : 500 €
End of the sale : 05 March 2024 14:32:35
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: an 197
Mint name / Town : Antioche, Syrie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 26,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,44 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan idéalement centré des deux côtés. Très beau portrait. Patine grise avec de légers reflets dorés
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Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée d’Antiochus VIII à droite, entourée de la stemma.


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 (emblème luni-solaire) de la main droite et de la gauche un sceptre long.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS// ANTIOCOU// EPI-FANOUS/ (PAU)/ (FL)/ ZRR.
Reverse translation : (du roi Antiochus glorieux).

Historical background


(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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