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a Seleucid tetradrachm with an unusually wide flan (overstruck)


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In addition to what he bought at the coin shop, my Dad generously gave me some cash to buy a coin of my liking.  This is what I ended up with; an early Christmas present.

I'm a lover of big coins and Seleucid tets, so this one was the ideal choice.  The relief of the portrait is also super high, making an impressive coin. I also noticed that with a recent Antiochus III.

This one's also overstruck, resulting in the huge flan.  Anyone have any theories what the host coin is?  The ghost ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ on the right might give some clues. It kind of reminds me of some Bactrian tetradrachms I had been looking at.

There certainly are larger tets.  Some of the late 3rd to 2nd century B.C. posthumous Alexanders can be 35-36 mm.  Too bad they didn't glom onto the huge flans earlier.



DEMETRIOS I SOTER AR silver tetradrachm. Antioch, struck circa 156-155 BC. Diademed head right. Reverse - ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ repeated in outer right field due to an overstrike, (a previous type with different font, rather than a double strike). Tyche seated left on throne supported by Nike; two monograms in outer left field, HP monogram in exergue. SMA 98. Big 33 mm due to being overstruck, 16.1g (dealer's decription).

Post any oversized tetradrachms you might have!

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Beautiful coin, awesome over strike, which was probably a late Alexander? 

Here is my largest diameter tet, post death Alexander III



175-125 BC. AR tetradrachm, 30mm, Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin / Zeus seated left. Price 1064. VF, with medium gray toning.



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1 hour ago, Nerosmyfavorite68 said:

Post any oversized tetradrachms you might have!

Sure… no Seleucid, but lovely 33.5mm diameter with full 17g.

GREEK COINS, KINGS OF BITHYNIA; Reign: Prusias II Kynegos; Mint: Nikomedia, Bithynia; Date: ca. 182/149 BC; Nominal: Tetradrachm; Material: Silver; Diameter: 33.5mm; Weight: 17.00g; Reference: RG 10a; Reference: HGC 7, 623; Reference: SNG von Aulock 252; Obverse: Head of Prusias II to right, wearing winged diadem; Reverse: Zeus standing front, head to left, crowning the king's name with his right hand and holding long scepter in his left; in inner left field, eagle standing left on thunderbolt above monogram; Inscription: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ; Translation: Basileos Prousiou; Translation: King Prusias.
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In name of Alexander III, Aeolis, Temnos mint
circa 188-170 BC, 35mm., 15.2 g.
Obv: Head of Heracles wearing lion skin headdress.
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated holding eagle and sceptre; monogram and E above knee, oinochoe within vine tendril at feet.
Price 1676.


I'd like to also add this massive hunk of a coin which can be had for much cheaper.

Yüzlük (100 paras) of Selīm III
Ottoman empire
Istanbul mint.


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I'm also a fan of Seleukid tets, though my largest flan is Bithynian.


Kings of Bithynia. Nikomedeia. Nikomedes III Euergetes
Dated BE 172 = 126/5 BCE
AR Tetradrachm 36 mm, 15,94 g
Obv: Diademed head of Nikomedes III
Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ / EΠIΦANOΥΣ / NIKOMHΔOΥ Zeus Stephanophoros standing left; to inner left, eagle standing left on thunderbolt above monogram and BOP monogram
SNG von Aulock 6894


This is my largest Seleukid.


Seleukid Empire, Antiochos I Soter AR Tetradrachm
Seleukeia on the Tigris, 281-261 BC
Diademed head to right / Apollo Delphios seated to left on omphalos, testing arrow and resting left hand on grounded bow; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ to right, ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ to left, monogram to outer left and right.
SC 379.5a; HGC 9, 128g. 16.80g, 29mm, 3h.

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