Antiochos VIII tetdrachm - odd symbol in field

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  1. Lane Walker

    Lane Walker Active Member


    Syria, Antioch / Antiochos VIII / AR, 26.5 mm, 16.6 gm / 112-110 BC
    Obv: Diademed head of of Antiochos VIII right
    Rev: Zeus standing left within wreath holding star and sceptre, crescent above head with BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠIΦANOYΣ, A in left field

    Does anyone have knowledge of the symbol above the A in left field?
    The previous attribution depicts this as Zeus Ouranios on the Rev and I'm curious about this depiction of Zeus.
    Does the small delta symbol below ANTIOXOY mean anything?
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  3. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    It's a monogram... Phi-Lambda?
  4. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker

    Nice coin!

    I like the portrait and toning.

  5. Lane Walker

    Lane Walker Active Member

    Antiochos VIII evidently has the moniker 'Grypus' which translates to 'hook nose' which this portrait really depicts well!
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  6. Lane Walker

    Lane Walker Active Member

    I could totally buy that. The elongated Phi with a Lambda placed at it's bottom. I would presume that the A below depicts Antioch?
  7. David@PCC


    They are called controls, and there are thousands of them. I started a page for Seleucid coins, but still have hundreds to add. Almost all will have either a control or a mint mark. Yours has the phi lambda that @Finn235 alluded to (many I guess on what the monograms include) and could be the initials of a mint worker, some reference to the mint or workshop, ect. We really don't know in many cases.

    The delta on the right is a secondary control and there are 13 different known just for this type. Could it stand for Antioch? It's possible, but other tetradrachms from this mint exclude an A control.
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