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Antiochos VI Dionysos 144-142 BC c 144-143
Tetradrachm, Selukid Kings of Syria
Antiochus VI Dionysus (b c 147) was the son of Alexander Balas and Cleopatra Thea, daughter of Ptolemy VI of Egypt. Alexander Balas is assassinated by the Nabateans and when Antiochos VI was two Alexander Balas’ former general, Diodotos Tryphon, proclaim the child king. Antiochos was a pawn for Diodotos Tryphon’s opposition to Demetrios II. In 138 Diodotos Tryphon arranged for Antichos’ liquidation making himself the successor king.Obverse radiate diademed Antiochos VI around stemma. Reverse the Dioscouri holding a spear while on galloping horseback wearing chlamys and piloi which is surmounted by star. In the right field ΤΡΥ ΙΠ and monogram. Below the horses date ΘΞΡ (year 169 of the Selukids = 144/3 BC) all within a wreath composed of lotus, ivy and ears of corn ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ.
Mint: Antioch
Provenance: Private acquisition

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