A SELEUCID SILVER TETRADRACHM OF ANTIOCHUS VIII
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Reign of Antiochus VIII Ephiphanes (c. 121-96 BCE)
Akko-Ptolemais, Galilee Mint, c. 117-15 BCE
Obverse: Diademed bust of Antiochus VIII facing right.
Reverse: Zeus Ouranios standing left, holding a scepter in his right hand and a star in his outstretched left hand. Crescent moon above. DR monogram and EPIPHANOUS in left field. BASILEWS ANTIOXOY right field. All within laureate wreath.
Very Fine to Extremely Fine Condition
Diameter: 30 mm; Weight: 16.6 g
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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority
Sear Israel, 2591
Akko-Ptolemais, modern day Acre, is one of the oldest continually inhabited sites in the region with The first settlement on the site appears to have been in the Early Bronze Age, c. 3000 BCE.
Antiochus VIII was the son of Demetrius II and Cleopatra Thea who was elevated to the Seleucid throne by his mother after the death of Demetrius II and the brief reign of Seleucus V. He ruled with her from 125-21 BCE before taking sole rule of the kingdom. He married Cleopatra Tryphaena and had six children by her, five sons and a daughter, Laodice.