Tetradrachm: Head of Antiochos V (obverse); Zeus (reverse)

164–162 BCE
Diameter: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)
Weight: 16.329 g (0.58 oz.)
Location: not on view
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Antiochos V’s boyish portrait reflects his accession to the Seleucid throne at 9 years of age.


Thrust into power while still a child, Antiochos V used coinage to legitimize his tenuous control. On the obverse of this coin, Antiochos appears like many Hellenistic kings, with heavy hair curls and a diadem. On the reverse, a seated Zeus holds the goddess of victory, Nike, who crowns Antiochos’s name with a wreath, confirming his divine right to rule.
Tetradrachm: Head of Antiochos V (obverse); Zeus (reverse)

Tetradrachm: Head of Antiochos V (obverse); Zeus (reverse)

164–162 BCE

Greek, Seleukid, minted at Antioch (Syria), reign of Antiochos V

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