Seleukid-Antiochos VI (145-142 BC) Drachm AU (#01-B145-AN100)

The Seleucid Kingdom was formed from the eastern territories of the Macedonian Empire after its dissolution following the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC. Alexander's kingdom was divided amongst his generals with Seleucus I becoming king of the eastern provinces, encompassing much of the region between the Mediterranean Sea and India. The kingdom was a major center of Hellenistic culture and maintained the Greek customs of the Macedonian Empire.

The coin's obverse features a crowned profile image Antiochos VI the 'Infant King.' Antiochos VI never actually ruled the Seleukid Kingdom. At the age of 3, following his father's untimely death during the Battle of Antioch, he was chosen to be heir to the throne by one of his father's Generals, Diodotus Tryphon. This was done in order to prevent any other legitimate claims to the throne. After Antiochus VI was established as king, Diodotus had him assassinated and seized power for himself.

The reverse features the Greek god Apollo seated on stone called an omphalos. He is depicted with an arrow in his right hand and his left hand resting on a bow. Apollo was one of the most important deities in Greek mythology. He was the son of Zeus and the god of music, prophecy, medicine, and archery. He was believed to be the source of divine guidance for the city of Delphi and communicated with Oracle of Delphi through the use of the omphalos.

Graded AU (About Uncirculated) by NGC, one of the world's most respected coin grading services, this silver drachm exhibits a well centered strike with amazing detail and would make an excellent addition to any collection of ancient coins.

(The image is for reference purposes only. Since each ancient coin is unique, the one pictured may not be the exact coin you receive.)