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Live auction - bgr_399825 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - CLEOPATRA THEA and ANTIOCHUS VIII GRYPUS Tétradrachme

SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - CLEOPATRA THEA and ANTIOCHUS VIII GRYPUS Tétradrachme AU
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Estimate : 2 200 €
Price : 1 500 €
Maximum bid : 1 550 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:27:05
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 125-121 AC.
Mint name / Town : Antioche, Syrie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 30 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,54 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et ovale, bien centré des deux côtés à l’usure superficielle. Beaux portraits conjoints. Frappe un peu molle au revers. Patine de collection avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la vente d’Alain Weil du 18 juin 2004 et de la collection D. C

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Bustes accolés de Cléopâtre Théa voilée, diadémée, drapée et d’Antiochus VIII Grypus diadémé à droite, entourés de la stemma.

Reverse


Reverse description : Zeus nicéphore assis à gauche sur un siège avec dossier, les jambes parallèles, nu jusqu’à la ceinture, tenant une Niké de la main droite tendue et un sceptre bouleté de la main gauche.
Reverse legend : BASILISSHS/ KLEOPATRAS/ QEAS// KAI/ BASI-LEWS/ AN-TIOCOU/ (US)//.
Reverse translation : (la reine Cléopâtre divine et le roi Antiochus).

Commentary


Ce type semble plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous le proposons à la vente.

Historical background


SYRIA - Seleucid Kingdom - CLEOPATRA THEA and ANTIOCHUS VIII grypus

(125-121 BC)

Cleopatra is the daughter of Ptolemy VI Philometor (180-145 BC) and Cleopatra, his sister. She married Alexander I Balas successively (150-145 BC), and Demetrius II (145-140 and 129-125 BC), finally Antiochus VII (138-129 BC - C.). She had a total of eight children with these three kings. After the death of Demetrius II Nicator, his eldest son, Seleucus V, succeeded him, but was murdered at the instigation of his mother Cleopatra Thea. The second son of Demetrius and Cleopatra, Antiochus VIII Grypus then shared the supreme power with his mother. After four years of this, Cleopatra tried to get rid of her offspring. Antiochus forced his mother to take the poison she intended him.

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