SELEUKID Antiochos VII 138-129 BC bronze minted in captured Jerusalem


SELEUKID, Antiochos VII, 138-129 BC, minor, no date (132 BC and later), minted in captured Jerusalem, Obverse: lily, Reverse: anchor, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΑΠΡ, bronze, 15mm, 2.66g, SG7101, nice F

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SKU: 18919040


He liked to be known as Euergetes (benefactor), also nicknamed Sidetes (from Side). He attacked Jerusalem and brought the Jews into alliance with the Seleukids. Then he attacked the Parthians, at first successfully, then the Parthians counterattacked. Antiochos either died in battle or committed suicide.

The Seleukid kingdom came into being when Seleukos, a general of Alexander the Great, being in Mesopotamia at the time, just kept it, and went to war with his fellow generals to establish the zones of influence. The Seleukids hung on for a couple of centuries.

The big change that Alexander the Great brought about was the union of the Greek spirit of inquiry with the methods of imperial bureaucracy.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.