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ID:     731099
Type:     Greek
Issuer:     Antiochus XII Dionysus Epiphanes Philopator Callinicus
Date Ruled:     88-84 BC (Year 229=84/3 BC)
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetradrachm
Date Struck:     BC 88-84
Weight:     15.81 g
Obverse Description:     Diademed head right
Reverse Description:     BASILEWS ANTIOCOU EPIFANOUS FILOPATOROS KALLINIKOU, cult image of Hadad (consort of Atargatis) standing facing on double basis, holding barley stalk; two bull foreparts flanking, control monograms in left field, date QKE below, all within laurel wreath
Mint:     Damascus
Primary Reference:     SNG Spaer -
Reference2:     Houghton, CSE -
Reference3:     Houghton and Spaer, SM 157 (1990) -
Reference4:     Spink Auction 110 (4-5 October 1995), lot 47
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Lightly toned EF, partial flat strike
Notes:     Very rare, unpublished in the standard references This coin remains unpublished in any reference work, although one additional specimen appeared in the Spink Numismatic Circular CX (2 April 2002), as lot GK 0555, at 4,500 Pounds Sterling. Thus, the two Spink coins and ours are the only known specimens of this very rare year of an extremely rare type. The reverse type is paired with two obverse varieties, that of Antiochos with or without a beard. Beyond this distinction, there are issues known for the years Seleukid Era (SE) 226, 227, 228, and 229 (all four years of Antiochos XII’s reign). For all these varieties and permutations, there are only approximately fourteen coins known for the Hadad cultus image reverse type.