Celator Posted August 28, 2022 · Member Share Posted August 28, 2022 Every Sunday I'll be posting a Seleucid coin here from my collection. The postings will be in chronological order starting with Seleucus I. Posting once a week means this thread will end around April of next year. In the rare case I do not posses the ruler of the week, I will write a short blurb about them instead. Selecucus I Nicator - 312 to 294 Officer to Alexander the Great, he is best known for founding the Seleucid empire after taking Babylon in 311, an empire that spaned four different centuries. The first coin presented depicts a Seleucid war elephant recieved from Chandragupta which facilitated the defeat of Antigonus at Ipsus in 301. Seleucus I Apamea on the Axios 300 to 281 BC Obvs: Elephant right, dotted border. Revs: BAΣIΛIEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, bridled & horned horse head left. Horizontal anchor below. AE 19x20mm, 8.57g SC 35; HGC 9, 79(R1) Numismatic note: Apamea was part of the Syrian tetrapolis formed by Seleucus as the starting point of military campaigns. This mint was only in use by Seleucus I for a couple of decades and no other coins were minted there for another 60 years until the reign of Antiochus III. Seleucus continued the tradition of minting Alexandrine types with Heracles in lion's scalp and Zeus enthroned. His coinage eventually expanded to new types as the empire grew. Coinage was produced at at least 17 mints. Hopefully we will see others coins in these threads, so please post material of Seleucus, Seleucid, or related coins/comments. 18 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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