Ake Ptolemais

Greek historians refer to the city as Ake, meaning "cure." According to the Greek myth, Heracles found curative herbs here to heal his wounds. The name was changed to Antiochia Ptolemais shortly after Alexander the Great's conquest, and then to Ptolemais, probably by Ptolemy Soter, after the partition of the kingdom of Alexander the Great. About 165 BC Judas Maccabeus defeated the Seleucids in several battles in Galilee, and drove them into Ptolemais. About 153 BC Alexander Balas, son of Antiochus Epiphanes, contesting the Seleucid crown with Demetrius, seized the city, which opened its gates to him. Demetrius offered many bribes to the Maccabees to obtain Jewish support against his rival, including the revenues of Ptolemais for the benefit of the Temple in Jerusalem, but in vain. Jonathan Maccabaeus threw in his lot with Alexander, and in 150 BC he was received by him with great honour in Ptolemais. Some years later, however, Tryphon, an officer of the Seleucids, who had grown suspicious of the Maccabees, enticed Jonathan into Ptolemais and there treacherously took him prisoner. The city was captured by Alexander Jannaeus, Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Tigranes II of Armenia.


Antiochus IV Hover to enlarge Antiochus IV

Antiochus IV
Mint: Ptolemais (Ake)
AE 19
173 to 164 BC
Obvs: Radiate head of Antiochus right, within dotted border.
Revs: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY, Nike in fast biga. Dotted border
17x18mm, 4.0g
$20.00
Order # G 236
Ref: SC 2 93.1484

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Antiochus VI Hover to enlarge Antiochus VI

Antiochus VI
Mint: Ptolemais (Ake)
144 to 141 BC
AE 20, Serrate
Obvs: No inscription. Antiochus diademed head right, within dotted border.
Revs: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY, Apollo standing left holding arrow and resting elbow on tripod. IE to left
20mm, 8.4g
note: This coin has smooth glossy green patina
$425.00
Order # G 090
Ref: SNG Isr.239.1781, SC2 2023.2g

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Antiochus VI Hover to enlarge Antiochus VI

Antiochus VI
Mint: Ptolemais (Ake)
144 to 141 BC
AE 21, Serrtae
Obvs: No inscription. Antiochus diademed head right, within dotted border.
Revs: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY, Apollo standing left holding arrow and resting elbow on tripod. Control to left
21mm, 7.2g
$25.00
Order # G 121
Ref: SNG Isr.239.1778, SC2 2023.2d

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Antiochus VI Hover to enlarge Antiochus VI

Antiochus VI
Mint: Ptolemais (Ake)
144 to 141 BC
AE 15, Serrate
Obvs: No inscription. Diademed, radiate head of Antiochus right.
Revs: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY, Horse with foreleg raised
15mm, 2.9g
$49.00
Order # G 192
Ref: SNG Isr.242.1790, SC2 2025

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Antiochos VIII Hover to enlarge Antiochos VIII

Cleopatra/Antiochos VIII
Mint: Ptolemais
AE 17
Year 189/ 124 BC
Obvs: No inscription. Antiochos radiate head right, within dotted border.
Revs: BAΣΙΛΙΣΣHΣ KΛEoΠATPAΣ KAI BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY, Head-dress of Isis. ΘΠP below
17mm, 7.9g
$45.00
Order # G 142
Ref: SNG Isr.325.2479, SC 2 2274.3

Antiochos VIII Hover to enlarge Antiochos VIII

Cleopatra/Antiochos VIII
Mint: Ptolemais
AE 20
Year 189/ 124 BC
Obvs: No inscription. Antiochos radiate head right, within dotted border.
Revs: BAΣΙΛΙΣΣHΣ KΛEoΠATPAΣ KAI BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY, Head-dress of Isis. ΘΠP below
20mm, 7.4g
$125.00
Order # G 143
Ref: SNG Isr.325.2479, SC 2 2274.3

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