Antiochos VII Euergetes (Sidetes), 138-129 BC
AE15. 2.72g, 15.4mm
MINTED: Antioch on the Orontes mint, circa 138-129 BC
REF: HGC 9, 1096 (S)
OBVERSE: Head of lion right.
REVERSE: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ, club facing downward; monogram to left and right, [date below].
Very Fine. Eye-appealing dusky green patina with earthen desert fill in areas.
Antiochos VII was perhaps the last significant king of the once mighty Seleukid Empire. He is said to have earned the name Euergetes ('the Benefactor') because of how well he treated the Jews after his successful siege of Jerusalem. He fought warred against the Parthian Empire under Mithridates I, defeating and killing the king in battle, but in 129 BC, was himself killed by Mithridates's successor, Phraates II.
SELEUKID KINGDOM . Antiochos VII Sidetes, 138-129 BC . AE15 . Lion's Head
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