Greek Tetradrachm of Antiochus VII, Syria

Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Information Center. The classical portrait on the obverse of this tetradrachm coin echoes that of Alexander the Great, although it dates from the reign of Antiochus VII, some 200 years later. From 138 to 129 BC, he ruled a kingdom approximating modern-day Syria.The reverse design shows the goddess Athena, with helmet, spear and shield; on her outstretched hand is a tiny figure of Victory, holding a wreath.The reverse inscription translates as 'Of Antiochus the Benevolent'.

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