Creator

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Period

Hellenistic

Ruler

Antiochus IV (175-164 BC)

Mint

Akko-Ptolmais

Province or Region

Seleucid Empire

Metal

Bronze

Denomination

16

Weight

4.38g

Obverse Description

Veiled female bust right (probably Laodike IV); monogram behind head; dotted border

Reverse Description

Elephant’s head left; forepart of galley in right field and control mark in upper left field; dotted border. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΤΙΟΧΟΥ

Comments

In 168 B.C., Antiochus IV ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. The Temple in Jerusalem was seized and dedicated to Zeus. The Jews revolted and after three years of fighting, Judah Maccabee defeated the Seleukid army.

Publisher

Pepperdine University Libraries

Digital Collection

The John Wilson Coin Collection - Ancient Coins of the Holy Land

Credit Line

The John Wilson Coin Collection - Ancient Coins of the Holy Land [digital resource], Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives

Document Type

Article

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