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Gold Stater with the helmeted head of Athena on the obverse and a standing
figure of Nike on the reverse.
Minted in Ako and dated to year 36 of the era of Ako (- 310/309 B.C.E.).
This is, thus a posthumous issue in the name of Alexander.
This bronze coin portrays Antiochus IV, whose harsh actions towards the
ancient Jews fostered resistance by the Maccabee brothers who then founded
the Hasmonean dynasty . One interesting aspect of this coin is the eagle
reverse type, normally used by the Ptolemaic kings of Egypt. Antiochus
used this type to refer to his 'victories' over the Egyptians in two campaigns
against them: he was only stopped from taking the country by Roman intervention.
In some ways, his heavy handed attempts at Hellenizing the Jews derived
from his disappointment at being deprived of his Egyptian conquests.