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View Categories Home > Catalog > Greek Coins > Hellenistic Monarchies > Seleucid Kingdom > GY87638Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus V Eupator, 164 - 162 B.C. Antiochus V was just nine years old when crowned. The kingdom was ruled by his regent Lysias. In 163 or early 162 B.C., the Roman legate Gnaeus Octavius enforced the Treaty of Apamea by burning the Seleukid fleet and killing the army's war elephants (private citizens assassinated him for this outrage). Soon after, Ptolemaeus, the satrap of Commagene, declared independence. Only two years after becoming king, his uncle Demetrius escaped captivity, claimed the throne and had Antiochos V and his regent executed.
GY87638. Silver tetradrachm, Houghton-Lorber II 1575(2), Newell SMA 75, SNG Spaer 1246, HGC 9 752, VF/F, light scratches and marks, porous, slightly off center, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 16.006g, maximum diameter 30.3mm, die axis 0o, 164 - 162 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Antiochos V right, diadem ends fall straight behind, filletborder; reverse Zeus seated left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, Victory in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (king) downward on right, ANTIOXOY downward on left, EYΠATOPOΣ (the good father) in exergue, monogram (appears as E downward) outer left; ON LAYAWAY
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