MÜNZEN UND MEDAILLEN COINS AND MEDALS Antike – Mittelalter

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MÜNZEN UND MEDAILLEN COINS AND MEDALS Antike – Mittelalter

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82 King Antiochos VIII, 121-96 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver) 108-96 BC, Antioch. Head of Antiochos VIII

with diadem right / / Zeus enthroned left with Nike and sceptre, between inscriptions. Newell, SMA

405; SNG Spear 2554. 16.02 g. Extremely fine CHF 600.-

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83 King Seleukos VI, 97-94 BC. Tetradrachm "à la corne" (Silver) 95-94 BC, Antioch. Diademed head

right, with small upstanding horn of bull Dionysos / / Zeus enthroned left, with Nike and sceptre.

Newell, SMA 421. 16.18 g. Choice extremely fine CHF 750.-

Niklaus Dürr was the first scholar who took notice of a small upstanding horn just beneath the diadem on the

portrait of Seleukos IV on early mintages of the tetradrachms of Antioch. In an article that appeared 1973 in the

"Schweizer Münzblätter", he connected this special iconography with the Io cult at the mountain Silpios near

Antioch. Twenty years later, in 1991, R. Fleischer rejected this hypothesis in his "Studien zur seleukidischen Kunst"

(Band 1: Herrscherbildnisse, Mainz 1991, p. 73f. and 85). He proposed to interpret the small horn as that of deity

bull Dionysos and as the dynastic sign of affiliation of Seleukos IV to his ancestors Seleukos I and Demetrios II who

bore the same surname "Nikator".

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84 King Antiochos X, 94-92 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver) 94-92 BC, Antioch. Diademed head right / / Zeus

enthroned left with Nike and sceptre. Newell, SMA 430; SNG Spear 2790. 16.00 g.

Very attractive portrait. Almost uncirculated CHF 1´250.-

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PHOENICIA

BYBLOS. Azbaal, circa 350 BC. Dishekel (Silver) 350-333 BC, Byblos. Three hoplites in war galley left,

hippocamp and murex below / / Lion attacking bull left. SNG Cop. 132. 13.29 g. Very fine CHF 500.-

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