Al Kowsky Posted January 20 · Member Share Posted January 20 My only win from CNG Triton XXVI finally arrived yesterday 😄. I was thrilled to win this coin despite it not being a type I actively collect, it will be an excellent memento from this landmark auction. SELEUKID EMPIRE. Alexander I Balas, 152-145 BC (dated SE 166, 147/6 BC). Tyre Mint. AR Tetradrachm: 14.23 gm, 27 mm, 12 h. Obverse: Diademed & draped bust of Alexander facing right. Reverse: Eagle standing left on ship's prow, palm branch behind; club with Tyre monogram in left field, & date with monogram below in right field. The inscription translates "Of King Alexander". Newell, Tyre 72; SC 1835.5A; DCA 123. Ex CNG Triton XXVI, lot 361; Ex Father & Son Collection; Ex CNG Group 87, lot 636, May 18, 2011. Photo courtesy of CNG. This coin was struck on the Ptolemaic weight standard that was about 3 grams lighter than the Attic weight standard. Alexander immerged from obscurity & acceded to the throne by claiming to be son of King Antiochus IV Epiphanes. With support from mercenaries, he landed in Phoenicia in 152 BC & began a civil war with the Seleukid King Demetrius I Soter. He also received support from Seleukid insiders who were unhappy with Demetrius, & he was victorious in defeating the king. Alexander was a decadent ruler & his reign was marked by upheavals & serious losses of Seleukid territories in the East. He was finally assassinated & his head was brought to Ptolemy VI of Egypt. I won this coin for less than it sold for in 2011 😊. I was "steamrolled" on the two coins that were on my wish list, a tetradrachm of Caracalla, & a tetradrachm of his father Septimius Severus ☹️. The Caracalla Tet, lot 563, had an estimate of $2,000 & I confidently bid $3,000 for it 😉; it sold for $15,925 including the buyers premium 😮! The Tet of Severus had an estimate of $1,000 & I bid $2,750 for it & was quickly outbid; it sold for $6,125 including the buyers premium 😦. The Severus Tet would have been a nice fit in my collection since I had a Tet that was struck with the same obverse die, but it wasn't to be 😢. SYRIA, Antioch. Caracalla, AD 198-217 https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-85Z9PI/seleucis-and-pieria-antioch-caracalla-ad-198-217-ar-tetradrachm-28mm-1351-g-6h-struck-ad-205-207-superb-ef SYRIA, Laodicea ad Mare. Septimius Severus, AD 193-211. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-85Z9PM/seleucis-and-pieria-laodicea-ad-mare-septimius-severus-ad-193-211-bi-tetradrachm-27mm-1387-g-11h-struck-circa-ad-205-207-choice-ef Pictured below is my coin struck with the same obverse die. 21 1 1 2 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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