SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Aulus Gabinius, Proconsul.
|Sale: Triton VI, Lot: 571. Estimate $300.
Closing Date: Monday, 13 January 2003.
Sold For $475. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
57-55 BC. AR Tetradrachm (15.49 gm). Imitation of Philip Philadelphos of Syria. Diademed head of Philip right; bead and reel border / [B]ASILE[WS] FILIPPO[U] EPIFANOU[S] [F]ILADELF[OU]
, Zeus enthroned left, holding Nike and sceptre in left; before his legs, AUGB
monogram (for Aulus Gabinius). RPC I 4124; BMC Seleukid Kings pg. 100, 5 (as Philip). EF. ($300)
The Romans revived the coinage of King Philip Philadelphos in the 50's BC under the proconsul Aulus Gabinius. Issues were minted with the monograms of Gabinius, Crassus, and Cassius, and then circa 49/48 BC the proconsul's monogram was replaced by one standing for either Antioch or 'Autonomous'. Aulus Gabinius gained fame as one of Pompey the Great's generals, and in his position as governor of Syria he played an important role in the inter-family battles of the Jewish priest-kings, the Hasmoneans.