Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de Zeus à droite, les cheveux tombant sur la nuque.
Reverse description : Athéna, casquée et vêtue militairement debout à droite dans un char tiré par quatre éléphants, brandissant un foudre de la main droite et tenant un bouclier de la main gauche ; au-dessus du quadrige, une ancre.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS// SELEUKOU/ D/ Q.
Reverse translation : (du roi Séleucos).
SYRIA - Seleucid Kingdom - Seleucus I Nicator
Coining the name and type of Seleucus - King (305-280 avant J.-C.)
Seleucus I (355-280 BC), one of the lieutenants of Alexander arrived in 323 BC in Babylon. He became satrap in 321 BC, but he is dispossessed by Eumenes in 316 BC It will recover its territories after the victory of Gaza in 312 BC, won by Ptolemy Demetrius Poliorcetes. He fights against Antigonus (310-308 BC) and also runs a great achievement that leads to India. After 306 BC, he took the title of Basileos and opposes Lysimachus and Cassander who dispute his Asia Minor. After the death of Antigone Ipsos in 301 BC, it is the most powerful Diadochus with Ptolemy. He won the victory Couroupédion in 281 BC where his old enemy is death. He was assassinated the following year at the behest of Ptolemy Ceraunos as he prepared to invade Thrace and Macedonia. Diadoques ultimate survivor, he leaves the Empire of Alexander the hands of Epigoni.