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Live auction - bgr_418302 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - SELEUKOS I NIKATOR Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 950 €
Price : 670 €
Maximum bid : 670 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:24:05
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 311-305 AC.
Mint name / Town : Babylone, Babylonie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 25 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 17,13 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés. Très belle tête d’Héraklès avec une partie du grènetis visible. Revers de style fin bien venu à la frappe. Patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets mordorés et bleutés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de Claude Silberstein (Paris) et de la collection du Docteur S.


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe d'Héraklès à droite, coiffée de la léonté.


Reverse description : Zeus aétophore trônant à gauche sur un siège à dossier, tenant un aigle de la main droite et un sceptre long de la main gauche ; dans le champ à gauche un monogramme dans une couronne ; sous le trône H.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS// ALEXANDROU/ H.
Reverse translation : (du roi Alexandre).


Nous n’avons pas noté de liaison de coin pertinente pour ce type. La léonté au droit est tombante. Au revers, les jambes de Zeus ne sont plus parallèles et reposent sur un marche-pied.

Historical background


(323-280 BC)

Coinage in the name of Alexander III the Great type - Satrapos

Seleucus I (355-280 BC), one of Alexander's lieutenants, arrived in 323 BC in Babylon. He became a satrap in 321 BC, but was dispossessed of it by Eumenes in 316 BC. He only recovered his territories after the victory of Gaza in 312 BC, won by Ptolemy on Demetrius Poliorcetes. He fights against Antigone le Borgne (310-308 BC) and also leads a great conquest that takes him to India. After 306 BC, he took the title of Basileos and opposed Cassander and Lysimachus who disputed Asia Minor with him. After the death of Antigone at Ipsos in 301 BC, he is the most powerful diadoque with Ptolemy. He won the victory of Couroupédion in 281 BC where his old enemy, Lysimachus was killed. He was assassinated the following year at the instigation of Ptolemy Keraunos as he prepared to invade Thrace and Macedonia. Ultimate survivor of the Diadochi, he leaves the Empire of Alexander in the hands of the Epigoni.

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