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    Antiochus Hierax (241-227 BC). AR tetradrachm (31mm, 16.88 gm, 12h).  Alexandria Troas mint. Head of Antiochus I or Hierax right, wearing winged diadem / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟY, Apollo seated left on omphalus; monograms to outer left and below name, horse grazing in exergue. SC 874 (this monogram combination unrecorded). HGC 9, 405g. Struck on a broad flan, with a pleasing portrait. Choice Very Fine. 

    Antiochus Hierax ("the Hawk," supposedly for his grasping nature), was the younger son of Antiochus II by his first wife, Laodice. On the death of Antiochus in 246 BC, Hierax and his mother controlled Seleucid Asia Minor, which was quickly invaded by Ptolemy III of Egypt in the Third Syrian War. During the conflict, the legitimate king, Hierax's elder brother Seleucus II, appointed him governor of Asia Minor north of the Tarsus. But once Ptolemy had been repulsed, Hierax revolted and declared his province an independent kingdom. The coin types of Antiochus Hierax stress his royal lineage back to his grandfather, Antiochus I Soter, who is shown deified and rejuvinated, wearing an unusual winged diadem, on this tetradrachm struck at Alexandria Troas.


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