FIVE BRONZE COINS OF ANTIOCHUS III AND ANTIOCHUS IV
Please refer to our stock # antIII-IV when inquiring.
Obverse: Macedonian shield with nymph's head.
Reverse: Elephant walking right. Anchor above. BASILEWS ANTIOXOY in exergue.
Fine to Very Fine
Weight: 4.18-4.81 g; 16.45-18mm
Seleucia Pieria, 175-164 BCE
Obverse: Veiled bust of Laodice IV facing right.
Reverse: BASILEWS ANTIOXOY. Elephant head facing left.
Very Fine to Extremely Fine
Weight: 2.85-4.06 g; Diameter: 15.4-16.4 mm
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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. His son Antiochus IV ascended to the throne is 175 BCE and is best known for his efforts to Hellenize the Seleucid kingdom and his actions in Judaea which led to the Maccabean revolt. He is also remembered as a capable military leader.