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Reign of Antiochus VII (138-129 BCE)

Type 1:

Antioch Mint; 138-129 BCE

Obverse: Eros facing right.

Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ. Headdress of Isis. Uncertain date below, control mark to left.

Weight: 4.76-5.45 g; Diameter: 17.5-18.2 mm

Conditions: Good to Very Fine

SNG Spear

Type 2:

Ake-Ptolemais Mint; 138-129 BCE

Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena facing right.

Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ. Owl facing. Date in exergue.

Weight: 3.28 g; Diameter: 16.5 mm

Condition: Fine

SNGIs, 2116

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Antiochus VII was one of the sons of Demetrios I Soter and brother of Demetrios II Nicator. He spent much of his childhood in Side, Pamphylia. After his brother's capture by the Parthians, Antiochus successful overthrew the usurper Diodotus Tryphon and brought legitimacy to his rule by his marriage to Cleopatra Thea. Through his benevolence during his capture of Judea and his confirmation of Johanan Hyrcanus as high priest he gained the respect, or at the very least compliance, of the population of Judeae for which he earned his alternate nickname Euergetes (“Benefactor”). Throughout his reign he was constantly at battle with the Parthians and died during that conflict in 129 BCE. Shortly before the death of Antiochus VII the Parthians had released Demetrios II from captivity and he resumed the throne for a short time.