Antiochos VIII Epiphanes (Grypos), 121-96 BC
AE19. 6.64g, 19.2mm
MINTED: Antioch on the Orontes mint, struck 117/6 BC
REF: HGC 9, 1212
OBVERSE: Diademed and radiate head right.
REVERSE: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY in two lines to right, EΠIΦANOYΣ to left; eagle standing left, sceptre to inner left, monogram to outer left, Seleukid era date below.
Very Fine. Small flan flaw on obverse before portrait, otherwise a very attractive coin.
Antiochos VIII, nicknamed Grypos (hook-nosed), ascended the throne of the Seleukid Empire in 125 BC, after his mother Cleopatra Thea had Seleukos V (her own son and Antiochos's elder brother) murdered. Antiochos first ruled jointly with Cleopatra, but he eventually grew suspicious of her ambitions, and when she eventually tried to poison him with wine, he made her drink it herself. From 116 BC, he co-ruled the kingdom with his half-brother, Antiochos IX Kyzenikos.
SELEUKID KINGDOM . Antiochos VIII Grypos, 121-96 BC . AE19 . Eagle
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