Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste de Tyché à droite, tourelé, voilé et drapé ; le tout entouré de la stemma.
Reverse description : Foudre posé sur un trône avec une bandelette de chaque côté ; le tout dans une couronne.
Reverse legend : SELEUKEWN/ THS I-ERAS// KAI/ AUTONOMOU/ GI/ (Dw).
Reverse translation : (de Séleucie, la sainte et autonome).
SYRIA - Seleucia AND PIERIA - Seleucia
(Second - first century BC)
Seleucia at the foot of Mount Pieria, was founded by Seleucus I in 300 BC just before Antioch and forms one of the cities of Tetrapolis (Antioch, Apamea, Laodicea, and Seleucia). The city was fortified and had port facilities which were the outer harbor of Antioch, the metropolis of Syria. Seleucia was occupied by the Ptolemies between 246 and 219 BC Antiochus VIII Grypus granted it autonomy in 109 BC The city was besieged by Tigranes of Armenia during its invasion of Syria. His status was maintained by Pompey when Syria became a Roman province in 64 BC.