Philip I Philadelphus was the third son of King Antiochus VIII Grypus. After his older brother Seleucus VI Epiphanes was murdered, he and his twin brother Antiochus XI Epiphanes jointly assumed the throne in 95 B.C. By 92 B.C., he was firmly establishied in Antioch. While he managed to withstand attacks by his younger brother Demetrius II Euergetes, his rule came to an end in 83 B.C. when the Armenian King Tigranes I the Great conquered Syria. At this point, Philip effectively dissappears from the history books, although later coins bearing his portrait were issued under Roman authorities.
How many hands have touched a coin in your pocket or your purse? What eras and lands have the coin traversed on its journey into our possession? As we reach into our pockets to pull out some change, we rarely hesitate to think of who touched the coin before us, or where the coin will venture to after us. More than money, coins are a symbol of the state that struck them, of a specific time and place, whether currency in the age we live or an artifact of a long forgotten empire. This ancient coin is more than an artifact; it is a memorial to a lost kingdom passed from the hands of civilization to civilization, from generation to generation. - (C.6125)