THREE BRONZE COINS ASSOCIATED WITH ANTIOCHUS VII SIDETES
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Antioch Mint; 138-129 BCE
Obverse: Eros facing right.
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ. Headdress of Isis. Uncertain date below, control mark to left.
Weight: 5.19 g; Diameter: 18.5 mm
Condition: Very Fine
Ake-Ptolemais Mint; 138-129 BCE
Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena facing right.
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ. Owl facing. Date in exergue.
Weight: 3.05 g; Diameter: 17.2 mm
Condition: Very Good
c. 3rd-2nd Century BCE
Obverse: Athena facing right wearing crested helmet.
Reverse: Pomegranate on stalk
Weight: 3.94 g; Diameter: 16.4mm
Condition: Extremely Fine
SNG Cop, 383
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This coin set included coins minted by Antiochus VII as well as a bronze coin of Side, Pamphylia where he spent his youth.
Often noted as the last truly successful Seleucid king, Antiochus VII spent much of his childhood in Side, Pampylia. It is from this that his nickname “Sidetes” derives. 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. The son of Antiochus VII, Antiochus IX, would come to play a nominal role in the Seleucid Empire at a later date.