ANTIOCHOS V EUPATOR AR TETRADRACHM, 164 - 162 B.C.E.
SC 1575, Very Fine, 29.9mm, 16.62 grams, Antioch on the Orontes Mint
Obverse: Diademed head of Antiochus V Eupator to right, filleted border
Reverse: Zeus Nikephoros enthroned to left, resting on scepter and holding Nike, monogram to left, BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOΥ EΥΠATOΡOΣ (King Antiochos Eupator) to right, left and below
An affordable and nicely centered mid-grade coin of a scarcer Seleucid ruler!
Antiochos V ruled for only a short time as a child, succeeding his father Antiochos IV Epiphanes, the madman king of the Hanukkah story. His reign was during the war of Judaea, under the regent Lysias. It was during his reign that a treaty of peace was signed between the Syrian Greeks and the Hasmoneans.