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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Syria| > |Antioch| > GY97975
Antioch, Syria, 41 - 40 B.C., Time of Marc Antony, Labienus and Pacorus
|Antioch|, |Antioch,| |Syria,| |41| |-| |40| |B.C.,| |Time| |of| |Marc| |Antony,| |Labienus| |and| |Pacorus|, About the time this coin was minted, the Parthians led by Quintus Labienus and Pacorus I attacked Syria, which was under Marc Antony's authority. Quintus Labienus was the son of Caesar's general Titus Labienus. He served under Brutus and Cassius, and after the battle at Philippi fled to Parthia, where he had visited before as an ambassador. After several battles against Antony's governor, Saxa, they occupied the entire province and later Asia Minor and Palestine. In Judea, Pacorus deposed King John Hyrcanus II and appointed his nephew Antigonus as king in his place. Labienus was killed during a Roman counter-attack in 39 B.C. The territory was recovered for Rome. Pacorus retreated to Parthia but died one year later in an attack on a Roman camp.
GY97975. Bronze AE 24, McAlee 56 (R2); SNG Cop 81; BMC Galatia p. 154, 25; Cohen DCA 382; HGC 9 1369; RPC I 4223 corr.; SNG Hunterian -; SNG Righetti -, EF, oval flan, exceptional for these, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 10.557g, maximum diameter 28.3mm, die axis 0o, 41 - 40 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right, palm branch behind neck, fillet border; reverse ANTIOXEΩN / THΣ MHTPOΠOΛ in two lines downward on right, EΩΣ THΣ IEPAΣ AΣYΛOY in two li, Zeus seated left on high back throne, Nike offering wreath in his right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, pilei each surmounted by a star flanking throne, date BOΣ (Seleucid Era year 272) in exergue (off flan), all within laurel wreath closed at the top with a thunderbolt; from a New England collector; rare; SOLD




  






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