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“Many sovereigns have been blessed with an aquiline profile ; but assuredly in all the portrait gallery of ancient and modern times none was ever possessed of such a formidable griffin-like beak as this Seleucid monarch. Looking at his portrait on the coins of his later years, we may assuredly call him not a hook-nosed man, but the most hook-nosed man that ever lived.”

C. Oman, ‘The Chronology of the Coinage of Antiochus VIII of Syria’, The Numismatic Chronicle and Journal of the Royal Numismatic Society, 4.17 (1917)
Antiochos VIII silver tetradrachm
£700
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“Many sovereigns have been blessed with an aquiline profile ; but assuredly in all the portrait gallery of ancient and modern times none was ever possessed of such a formidable griffin-like beak as this Seleucid monarch. Looking at his portrait on the coins of his later years, we may assuredly call him not a hook-nosed man, but the most hook-nosed man that ever lived.”

C. Oman, ‘The Chronology of the Coinage of Antiochus VIII of Syria’, The Numismatic Chronicle and Journal of the Royal Numismatic Society, 4.17 (1917)
Antiochos VIII silver tetradrachm
£700
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Antiochos VIII silver tetradrachm

Circa 108-96 BC

Issued at the Antioch mint, during the reign of Seleucid king Antiochos VIII Grypos (“Hook-nose”). The obverse with a bold portrait of the diademed Antiochos. The reverse with Zeus enthroned, holding a sceptre and an eagle. The inscription reads:

ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ 

"Of King Antiochos, a god Manifest”.

A deeply toned, medallic piece with a portrait of the very best style, delightfully whimsical in its depiction of Antiochos and his nose, so often remarked by his contemporaries and which owed him his nickname.

Weight: 16.40 g

Diameter: 29.20 mm

Provenance:

Gadoury auction, Monaco, 3 October 1982, lot 379.

£700

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