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Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus VII Euergetes Sidetes, 138 - 129 B.C.
Oliver Hoover, in Coins of the Seleucid Empire from the Collection of Arthur Houghton, attributes this type to the Cappadocian Kingdom, c. 130 - 80 B.C. The symbols were used on Cappadocian royal coinage, the coins are found in Cappadocian hoards and a tetradrachm naming the Cappadocian King Ariarathes VII Philometor (116 - 99 B.C.) bears the obverse portrait of Antiochus VII. He notes they may have been struck to pay foreign (Syrian?) mercenaries who preferred the types of Antiochus VII.
GS87618. Silver tetradrachm
II 2061.1s, Newell SMA
280, SNG Spaer
1852, HGC 9
1067d, VF, well centered
on a broad flan
, light bumps and marks, small spots of light corrosion on the obverse
, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight
16.109g, maximum diameter
31.7mm, die axis
, 138 - 129 B.C.; obverse
of the Seleukid King
Antiochos VII right, fillet border
; reverse Athena
standing slightly left, head
left, right hand extended through inscription
, grounded shield
in left hand, spear leaning on left arm, BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY in two downward lines on right, EYEPΓETOY downward on left, ligate
∆I over Λ outer left, laurel wreath border
Catalog current as of Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
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