Tetradrachm of Antiochus VIII (Grypus), King of the Seleucid Kingdom; Cleopatra from Antioch Mint: Antioch (Syria)
Ruler: Antiochus VIII (Grypus), King of the Seleucid Empire, ruled 125–96 B.C.
Ruler: Cleopatra Thea, ca. 164–121 B.C.

125–121 B.C.


Cleopatra II, not to be confused with the consort of Caesar and Antony, was one of the most remarkable women in antiquity. She was successively the wife of three Seleucid kings and she was a mother of two—the first of whom she murdered, the second of whom is seen here associated with her in rule.




16.44 g, 12:00, 28.5 mm

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Ruth Elizabeth White Fund

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2nd century B.C.


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: Jugate busts r. of Cleopatra diademed and draped in foreground and Antiochus VIII diademed behind.

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: BASILISSAS / KLEOPATRAS - BASILEOS / ANTIOCHOU [Gk.] to r. and l. vertically downward. Zeus seated l. on throne holding Victory in extended r. and sceptre with trilobe in l. To l., IE; beneath throne, A.


Professor Dr. Peter Robert Franke and Leonore Franke, Munich, from about 1960 to 2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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coins, money, tetradrachms

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