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Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus II Theos, 261 - 246 B.C.
Antiochus II Theos was the son of Antiochus I and Princess Stratonice, the daughter of Demetrius Poliorcetes. He inherited a state of war with Egypt and while he was thus occupied, his satraps in Parthia and Bactria declared independence. To make peace with Egypt and to seal the treaty, Antiochus repudiated his wife Laodice I, exiled her to Ephesus, and married Ptolemy II's daughter Berenice. Antiochus later left Berenice and their infant son Antiochus, to live again with Laodice. Laodice poisoned him, had Berenice and her infant son murdered, and proclaimed her son Seleucus II as King.
GY88112. Bronze AE 17, Houghton-Lorber SC 572, SNG Spaer 338 ff., Newell 967 - 968, HGC 9 266, gF, well centered on a tight flan, highlighting desert patina, straight edge, slightly concave reverse, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 4.379g, maximum diameter 17.4mm, die axis 45o
, 261 - 246 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse Apollo seated left on omphalos, examining arrow in right hand, resting left hand on kithara on the ground at his side; EY (primary control) outer left, monogram (secondary control) outer right; countermark: anchor in a round punch; ex Moneta Numismatic Services;
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