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ID:     74000395
Type:     Greek
Issuer:     Antiochus V Eupator
Date Ruled:     164-162 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetradrachm
Weight:     14.14 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Description:     Diademed head right; monogram behind
Reverse Description:     BASILEWS ANTIOCOU EUPATOROS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; palm to left, monogram between legs
Primary Reference:     Brett 17 = G.F. Hill, “Greek Coins Acquired by the British Museum in 1925,” NC 1926, 22 (same obv. die)
Reference2:     SNG Spaer -
Reference3:     de Clercq 89 (same dies)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF, minor die wear on obverse, area of slight roughness on reverse
Notes:     Sale: Triton X, Lot: 395 Extremely rare, the third known. Antiochos V struck two series of tetradrachms from Ake-PtolemaÏs, differentiated by the monogram between the eagle’s legs. The monograms appear to be formed of an HP and an AG, respectively. The two known tetradrachms with the HP monogram, however, are plated contemporary forgeries. Houghton and Lorber contend that these are likely copied from authentic pieces which have yet to be discovered. This particular piece, one of three known with the AG monogram, has traces of the HP monogram below the AG monogram, not only proving their theory, but also establishing the relative chronology of the two series.