Antiochus VIII King of the Seleucid Empire from 125 BC to 96 BC.
Antiochus VIII was ruler of the Seleucid Empire between 125 BC and 96 BC, initially alongside his mother, Cleopatra Thea.

He was crowned as a teenager in 125 BC after his mother Cleopatra Thea had killed his elder brother Seleucus V. After Antiochus defeated Alexander Zabinas in 123 BC, his mother tried to poison him with wine, but the suspicious king forced her to drink the cup herself.

Despite political shortcomings, Grypus was a popular king. In 116 BC, his half-brother and cousin Antiochus IX Cyzicenus returned from exile and a civil war began.

After murdering each other's wives, the two brothers then divided Syria between them until Grypus was killed by his minister Heracleon in 96 BC.
Antiochus VIII
Epithet: Grypus ("Hook-Nose")
An AE double unit struck 121-120 BC in Antioch
Obverse: Radiate head right

Reverse: Eagle with scepter right; grain ear below; BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY / EΠIΦANOYΣ, ΣE / X // BϘP

Diameter: 18 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 5.89 g
SC II 2300.1; BMC 25-28; Hoover HGC 1212.; SNG Spaer 2501; SGCV II 7154; Svoronos 1419
An AR Tetradrachm struck 118/7 BC in Damascus
Obverse: Diademed head of Antiochos VIII right

Reverse: Zeus Ouranios, draped, standing left, holding star and scepter; two monograms to outer left; all within laurel wreath, E(koppa)P (date) in exergue

Diameter: 28.5 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 16.03 g
No notes for this coin
SC 2323.1a; HGC 9, 1196e; DCA 266
An AE double unit struck 123-122 BC in Antioch
Obverse: Radiate head of Antiochus VIII right

Reverse: Facing owl standing on amphora; BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ / KΛEOΠATPAΣ // KAI / BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY // ϘP

Diameter: 20 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 6.3 g
SC II 2263