Tetradrachm: Head of Antiochos VIII (obverse); Incuse Square (reverse)

Tetradrachm: Head of Antiochos VIII (obverse); Incuse Square (reverse)

112–110 BC

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Silver

Diameter: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Weight: 16.394 g (0.58 oz.)

Die axis: 11

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.974

Location

Did you know?

The coins of Antiochos VIII are distinguished by his extremely hooked nose and pudgy face.

Description

Like his ancestors before him, Antiochos VIII emulates the style of Alexander III (the Great) on this coin, preferring wild, curly hair, a simple diadem, and clean-shaven face. On the reverse Zeus Ouranios gives his divine approval, standing with a scepter and bright star that shines above two mint marks in a very crowded field.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Silver
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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