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Antiochus III

223-187 BCE

Obverse: Macedonian shield with nymph's head.

Reverse: Elephant walking right. Anchor above.


Weight: 2.96 g; 18.7mm

Condition: Very Good to Fine

SC 1089

Antiochus IV

Ake-Ptolemais Mint; 175-164 BCE

Obverse: Radiate bust facing right.

Reverse: BASILEWS ANTIOXOY. Nike driving biga left. AP monogram below horses.

Weight: 5.56 g; Diameter: 19.4 mm

Condition: Very Good to Fine

Spaer 1141-3

Antiochus IV

Seleucia Pieria, 175-164 BCE

Obverse: Veiled bust of Laodice IV facing right.

Reverse: BASILEWS ANTIOXOY. Elephant head facing left.

Weight: 3.05 g; Diameter: 15.4 mm

Condition: Extremely Fine

Hoover, 685

Antiochus VI

145-142 BCE

Obverse: Radiate head of Antiochus VI facing right.


Weight: 8.43 g; 20.6 mm

Condition: Extremely Fine

SC 2006

Antiochus VII

Ake-Ptolemais Mint; 138-129 BCE

Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena facing right.

Reverse: BASILEWS ANTIOCOU EUERGETOU. Owl facing. Date in exergue.

Weight: 3.30 g; Diameter: 16.6 mm

Condition: Very Fine to Extremely Fine

SNGIs, 2116

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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.

Antiochus VI was the son of Alexander Balas and was made kingin 145 BCE, although his kingdom was actually ruled his tutor Diodtus Tryphon. The young boy was then killed by Tryphon in 142 BCE when he attempted to seize the throne. With the exception of the death of Antiochus VI, this coup was remarkable unsuccessful as Tryphon was quickly dispatched by Antiochus VII, who took his place as Seleucid king. Antiochus VII is generally remembered well and is sometimes seen as the last truly successful Seleucid king. While this assessment is debatable, what is not is that Antiochus VII had been a successful and competent ruler, while the same can not be said for many of his successors.