100 YEARS OF SELEUCID BRONZE COINAGE

100 YEARS OF SELEUCID BRONZE COINAGE


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Antiochus III

223-187 BCE

Obverse: Macedonian shield with nymph's head.

Reverse: Elephant walking right. Anchor above. BASILEWS ANTIOXOY in exergue.

Weight: 4.66 g; 16.4 mm

SC 1089

Antiochus IV

Seleucia Pieria, 175-164 BCE

Obverse: Veiled bust of Laodice IV facing right.

Reverse: BASILEWS ANTIOXOY. Elephant head facing left.

Weight: 3.96 g; Diameter: 14.2 mm

Hoover, 685

Demetrios II

Tyre Mint; 145-140 BCE

Obverse: Diademed bust of Demetrios II facing right.

Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ ∆ΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ and date above galley. Phoenician inscription below.

Weight: 6.21 g; Diameter: 18.5 mm

SNG Spear

Antiochus VIII

Antioch Mint,(121/120 BCE)

Obverse: Diademed and radiate bust of Antiochus facing right.

Reverse: BASILEWS ANTIOCOU EPIFANOU. Eagle, facing left.

Weight: 5.19 g; Diameter: 18.1 mm

SCGV 7154 var

Alexander II Zabinas

Antioch Mint; 128-123 BCE

Obverse: Diademed and radiate bust of Alexander facing right.

Reverse: BASILEWS ALEXANDROU. Two intertwined cornucopiae. S above year grain. A in right field.

Weight: 5.63 g; Diameter: 18.4 mm

SNG Spear, 2310

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Antiochus III was the 6th ruler of the Seleucid Empire and ascended the throne in 223 BCE, Although initially unsuccessful in the Fourth Syrian War against Egypt, which led to a defeat at the Battle of Rafia (217 BC), Antiochus would prove himself to be the greatest of the Seleucid rulers after Seleucus I himself. He spent the next ten years in the eastern parts of his domain restoring rebellious vassals like Parthia and Greco-Bactria to at least nominal obedience. He won the Battle of Arius and laid siege to the Bactrian capital and even followed in the footsteps of Alexander the Great with an expedition into India where he received war elephants. Throughout the remainder of the 3rd Century and into the 2nd Century the Seleucid Empire underwent alternating periods of decline and resurgence, dependent largely on the ruling king. Finally, toward the end of the 2nd Century BCE, a usurper Alexander II Zabinas was temporarily given control of the Empire after being supported during his military campaign by the Ptolemies. However, the support from Egypt was soon to run out and Alexander II Zabinas was defeated and ultimately executed, returning the empire to Seleucid hands.