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Live auction - bgr_551311 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - SELEUKOS IV PHILOPATOR Tétradrachme

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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 180 AC.
Mint name / Town : Antioche, Syrie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 30 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,72 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré au revers mais légèrement décentré au droit. Beau portrait, de haut-relief. Métal légèrement corrodé entre 12h et 3h au droit. Très beau revers, d’un style très fin, quasi SUP. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la vente LANZ n° 150 du 13 décembre 2010, lot n° 177


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de Séleucos IV à droite, entourée de la stemma.


Reverse description : Apollon assis à gauche sur l'omphalos, tenant une flèche de la main droite et appuyé de la gauche sur son arc ; dans le champ à gauche, une couronne et une palme.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ SELE-UKOU/ DI.

Historical background

SYRIA - Seleucid Kingdom - Seleucus IV Philopator

(187-175 BC)

Seleucus IV Philopator (who loves his father), the second son of Antiochus III the Great (223-187 AC), assured of great military commanders in the war between the Seleucids, the Kingdom of Pergamon and Romans. After the defeat of Magnesia on the Meander 190 BC, Antiochus III was forced to sign the Peace of Apamea in 188 BC This agreement butchered the kingdom and spent the final loss of Asia Minor . The following year, Antiochus III was murdered by a mob of rebellious Elymais punishes the King want to dispossess the temple Anaitis. Seleucus IV was regent in Antioch at the time of the death of his father. The new king had to endure during his reign the disastrous conditions of the Peace of Apamea, pay heavy compensation and consolidate what remained of the great kingdom. In 175, the Romans liberated his brother captive for thirteen years. Seleucus was murdered at the instigation of his prime minister Heliodorus who replaced the last son of Antiochus III, Antiochus IV Epiphanes.

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