FOUR BRONZE COINS OF ANTIOCHUS VIII AND CLEOPATRA THEA
Catalog:Coins:Greek: stock #1333890
Akko-Ptolemais Mint; c. 125-121 BCE
Obverse: Jugate head of the Dioscuri facing right.
Reverse: Cornucopia. ANTIOXEÎ©N TÎ©N Î TOÎ›EMAIÎ”I
Various conditions. Rare.
Weight: 2.50-3.75 g; Diameter: 14.5-15.4 mm
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Cleopatra Thea is a significant, although often overlooked, member of two major Hellenistic dynasties. The daughter of Ptolemy VI and Cleopatra II she was born into extreme influence which was only added to by her marriage to the Seleucid ruler, Alexander Balas in 150 BCE. Over the next 25 years, Cleopatra Thea would marry two more Seleucid kings and bear four sons who would be king as well as several other children. A ruthless politician she would come to murder several of her sons in a quest for power.
Antiochus VIII was the son of Cleopatra Thea and Demetrius II Nicator. He was preceded to the throne by his brother, Seleucus V, also the son of Cleopatra and Demetrius. He rose to power in 125 BCE after the assassination of Seleucus V by his own mother. He ruled jointly with his mother until 121 BCE when she attempted to poison him, thus resulting in her death.