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ID:     77000292
Type:     Greek
Issuer:     Antiochus III
Date Ruled:     223-187 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Oktadrachm
Date Struck:     BC circa 211/0
Weight:     34 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Diademed head right
Reverse Description:     BASILEWS ANTIOCOU, Apollo Delphios seated left on omphalos, testing arrow in his right hand, left hand on bow set on ground behind; monograms to outer left and right
Mint:     Seleukeia on the Tigris
Primary Reference:     SC 1158 (this coin), otherwise unpublished
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     VF, field marks, minor smoothing, hair detail strengthened
Notes:     Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 292 Unique. From SC: “[T]his octadrachm was struck from fresh dies and was almost certainly distributed in the winter of 211/10, when Antiochus wintered with his army at Seleucia, prior to his departure for the Upper Satrapies. The powerful portrait, quite distinct from the established manner at Seleucia, must represent a special commission and should therefore reflect the king’s appearance c. 210. The occasion commemorated ... will have been the recent Armenian victory.”