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Seleucid, Antiochos VI Dionysos, Panther with Spear Reverse!

Æ serrate; 18mm/3.6gm  Antioch on the Orontes mint, ca. 144-142 BC.

Con/ Good Very Fine; well centered, dark patina, highlighting buff earthen deposits.

Obv/ Radiate and diademed head of Antiochos VI to right

Rev/ BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY, Panther standing left, foreleg raised, holding broken spear in mouth; above, ΣTA; to right, star.

Ref/ SC 2007a var.

Seller's Note/ After his father was deposed by Demetrius II, the general Diodotus Tryphon nominated Antiochus VI as king. He gained the allegiance of most of the Seleucid domain, including Judaea, but was actually only a puppet of the general. He died after 'ruling' for two years. He was likely assassinated under orders from Tryphon, who then made himself king.

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