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Hello everyone! Today, I have bought my first ever seleucid Tetradrachm


SELEUCID KINGDOM. Antiochus III the Great (222-187 BC). AR tetradrachm (31mm, 14.80 gm, 12h). edge chips, die shift. Antioch, 197-187 BC. Diademed head right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY, Apollo seated left on omphalus, testing arrow in right hand, left hand on grounded bow to right; bow in bowcase to outer left. SC 1045.2.

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Nice Seleucid tetradrachm, @KyNumis. Thanks for sharing. I like the testing arrow design. 
Here is my recent pickup on an earlier Seleucid tetradrachm with a similar reverse design. 🙂

Antiochos II Tetradrachm. 261-246 BC.
Seleukia on the Tigris
Obv: Portrait 
Rev: Apollo Delphios seated left on omphalos testing bow.
33mm, 15.28g
ESM 189
Den of Antiquity. October 2022

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Nice coins. Here is one of mine:


Antiochos VII. Euergetes, year -138 to year -129 

AR Tetradrachm, 

Obv.: Head, diadem

Rev.: ΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ / ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ, Athena holding nike

Ref.: SC 2061.2 

Ag, 28.5mm, 16.27g


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Nice examples!

Here's my worn Antiochus III tetradrachm, with an edge chip, described as a knock in the auction, on the left side obverse.  I wonder if there might have been some issue with the quality of the silver which causes this chipping.  It certainly suggest a brittle composition. A higher silver content would result in a displacement, moving the metal out and up, rather than breaking off.  On the other hand, perhaps the chipping is due to an increase in the brittleness of the flan over nearly 2,000 years of burial, appears to be the case with this coin.

Antiochus III "The Great", tetradrachm, after 211 BC, uncertain mint (Commagene or Northern Syria along the upper Euphrates).  From Roma E-Sale 55, lot 494.

SC 1102

16.21 grams


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Antiochos I Ar Tetradrachm Seleukia on the Tigris 274-270 BC. Obv Head right diademed. Rv Apollo seated left on Omphalos holding arrow. SC 379/3c 17.24 grms 26 mm Photo by W. HansenSKantiochosI-2.jpeg.1eb30f1bb1828bb8d9d0da128c417d8e.jpegThis portrait is rather intriguing. Most of the iconography is very standard and straightforward. The are no adjunct symbolism other that the diadem. One might be tempted to see this image as being godlike except for the face. The great staring eye coupled with that angled orbital ridge and that less than firm mouth gives this image a rather plaintive look.  A look not suitable for a god. 

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Congrats! 🙂 Seleukid coins are lovely, I have a lot of them! Nice example.

Too often he is remembered only as the man who lost to the Romans at the battle of Magnesia, Antiochos however, was one of the most powerful and capable rulers at the time. Having emerged from civil war in 223 BC as the sole survivor of the Seleukid dynasty, he shouldered the burdens of a weakened and divided realm. Though defeated by Egypt in the Fourth Syrian War, he gradually restored full control over the empire. His great Eastern campaign took back India for the first time since Alexander and, returning west, he went on to conquer Thrace and finally freed Syria from Ptolemaic control. Then came intervention in Greece and the clash with Rome leading to the defeat at Magnesia and the restrictive Peace of Apamea. Despite this, Antiochos remained ambitious, campaigning in the East again. When he died in 187 BC the empire was still one of the most powerful states.

This is my Antiochos III from Antioch:


Antiochos III Megas (223 - 187 B.C.). AR Tetradrachm. Antioch mint. Series 3, circa 204–197 B.C.

Obverse: Diademed head of Antiochos III to right.

Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY. Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow in his right hand and resting his left on grounded bow; to outer left, bow in bowcase. Reference: SC 1044.5a; Le Rider series 3-4, obv. A12; BMC 27; HGC 9, 447u.


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