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    Stunning Hierax Tetradrachm

    SELEUCID KINGDOM. Antiochus Hierax (242-227 BC). AR tetradrachm (31mm, 17.00 gm, 12h). NGC Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 4/5. Alexandria Troas. Head of Hierax (or Antiochus I?) right, wearing winged diadem / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTI-OXoY, Apollo seated left on omphalus, examining arrow held in right hand, resting left hand on grounded bow; monogram in upper inner left, monograms in inner left field, horse grazing right in exergue. HGC 9, 399g.  SC 876.2. WSM 1574b. A simply stunning coin, with a superb portrait, muscular reverse and gorgeous gold-iridescent toning over lustrous surfaces. Among the finest ever brought to auction.

    From the Northern California Collection. Acquired from Freeman & Sear, 2006.

    Antiochus Hierax ("the Hawk"), 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. During the conflict, 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. Seleucus at first gave tacit recognition to the regime, but in 239 BC he struck against Hierax and nearly crushed him. Hierax, however, counterattacked and defeated Seleucus at the battle of Ancyra. An uneasy peace obtained for a few years before Hierax made the mistake of attacking the kingdom of Pergamum, whose king Attalus I inflicted a string of defeats on him. Weakened, he attempted to flee to Thrace, only to be murdered by a band of marauding Galatians in 227 BC.


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