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Diameter: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)
Weight: 16.329 g (0.58 oz.)
Die axis: 1
Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.975
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.
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