ANTIOCHOS IX CYZICENUS KING OF SYRIA

Ancient Coins - ANTIOCHOS IX CYZICENUS KING OF SYRIA
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ANTIOCHUS IX CYZICENUS. 114/3-95 BC. SILVER TETRADRACHM. 16,41 GM.  SIDON MINT.
diademed head of full-bearded king facing right. fillet border with royal titles.
Athena standing left, holding Nike in extended right hand and spear in crook of left elbow,
resting left hand on shield, in outer left field monograms, also in exergue.
rare mint, Houghton 814 var.
This coin is of wonderful style, struck on a large flan, very well centered and with a magnificent
patina. For sure one of the finest struck during his reign. The beautiful light toning of this coin
enhances this piece. a truly Hellenistic portrait coin.
Compare Spaer 2732.

Antiochus IX was a son of antiochus VII and Cleopatra Thea, reared in Cyzicus, where he was sent
for safety, on the return of Demetrius II from Parthia. ( hence the epithet Cyzicenus).
He got control of Cilicia, North Syria and the Phoenician coast.He got help from the Ptolemaic
family when Cleopatra IV fled to Syria bringing the army of Cyprus and offering herself as wife to
Cyzicenus !  However  Antiochus VIII Grypus got help from another Ptolemaic fraction within the
royal family, and he counter attacked rather successful. Cyzicenus fled  antioch leaving its defense
in the hands of his wife. Antioch fell to Grypos, whose wife Tryphaena had her sister cleopatra put
to death. The two half brothers continued to battle for control over the city, which seems to have
changed hands six times. This civil war continued throughout their lifetimes.
At the death of his half brother Cyzicenus occupied Antioch and the northern part of the kingdom.
He also married his half brother,s wife ( now widow), Cleopatra  Selene. In less than a year
he was overthrown at Antioch by Seleucus VI, a son of Antiochus VIII. History is not sure whether he
was put to death or committed suicide.

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