Ancient Greek silver tetradrachm – Antiochus I Soter (281 – 261 BC)

Ancient Greek silver tetradrachm – Antiochus I Soter (281 – 261 BC)

SKU: C059
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Ancient Greek silver tetradrachm – Antiochus I Soter (281 – 261 BC)

 

Obverse: Diademed head of Antiochus I to right.

 

Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ - ANTIOXOY Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow in his right hand and resting his left on grounded bow; to left and right, monograms

 

Die engraver: Unknown engraver at the mint of Seleucia on the Tigris.

 

Minted at: Seleucia on the Tigris.

 

Materials and method: Struck in good quality silver from engraved dies.

 

Dimensions: 29 mm diameter.

 

Weight: 16.91 gm

 

Date of minting: 281 -261 BC.

 

Condition: good Very Fine. Sharply struck with attractive portrait.

 

Stock no: C059

 

Comments:

  • Antiochus I Soter is one of the Seleukid Kings of Syria. He succeeded his father Seleucus I Nicator, who was one of Alexander the Great’s generals and founder of the Seleucid Empire.
  • The Seleucid Empire covered Asia Minor, Syria, Mesopotamia and part of Persia.
  • Antiochus’ mother, Apama, was Sodgian, being the daughter of the Sogdian warlord, Spitamenes, who led an uprising against Alexander the Great.
  • Seleucia on the Tigris is named after Seleucus I who made it the capital of his empire around 305 BC. The city was located in what is today Iraq, near Baghdad. It was one of the great cities of antiquity along with Alexandria in Egypt and Syrian Antioch. It was destroyed during the Roman Emperor Trajan’s conquest of Mesopotamia.

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