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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Seleucid Kingdom| > GS91499
Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus VII Euergetes Sidetes, 138 - 129 B.C.
After his brother Demetrius was captured by the Parthians, Antiochus VII was made king. He married Demetrius' wife Cleopatra Thea. He defeated the usurper Tryphon at Dora and laid siege to Jerusalem in 134. According to Josephus, the Hasmonean king John Hyrcanus opened King David's sepulcher and removed three thousand talents, which he then paid Antiochus to spare the city. Sidetes then attacked the Parthians, supported by a body of Jews under Hyrcanus, and briefly took back Mesopotamia, Babylonia and Media before being ambushed and killed by Phraates II. His brother Demetrius II had by then been released, but the Seleucid realm was now restricted to Syria. Antiochus VII was the last Seleucid king of any stature.
GS91499. Silver tetradrachm, Houghton-Lorber II 2061(4)g, Newell SMA 288, HGC 9 1067d, VF, old cabinet toning, light marks, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 16.672g, maximum diameter 28.9mm, die axis 0o, obverse Antiochos VII diademed head right, horn like lock of hair above ear, fillet border; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY (downward on right), EYEPΓETOY (downward on left), Athena standing left half left, Nike in right hand standing right extending wreath, spear and shield in left hand, ∆I monogram over A outer left, ∆ inner right, all within laurel wreath; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; scarce; SOLD


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