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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Seleucid Kingdom| > GB15941
Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, 175 - 164 B.C., Ake Ptolemais, Galilee
|Seleucid| |Kingdom|, |Seleukid| |Kingdom,| |Antiochus| |IV| |Epiphanes,| |175| |-| |164| |B.C.,| |Ake| |Ptolemais,| |Galilee|, Ptolemais was a maritime city of Galilee (Acts 21:7). It was originally Accho, but was renamed Ptolemais under the rule of Ptolemy Soter.

In 168 B.C., Antiochus IV ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. The Temple in Jerusalem was seized and dedicated to Zeus. The Jews revolted and after three years of fighting, Judah Maccabee defeated the Seleukid army. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, enough time to prepare and consecrate fresh oil.
GB15941. Bronze serrated AE 15, Houghton-Lorber II 1478, SNG Spaer 1041 ff., Fair, Galilee, Ake Ptolemais (Acre, Israel) mint, weight 2.439g, maximum diameter 13.3mm, die axis 0o, 175 - c. 172 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, AB monogram behind; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY, Apollo seated left on omphalos, nude, examining arrow in right hand, resting left hand on grounded bow behind, apluster outer left; SOLD











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