Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC
AR Tetradrachm. 16.97g, 27mm
MINTED: Uncertain Mint 6A (in Babylonia), circa 311-305 BC. In the name and types of Alexander III the Great of Macedon.
REF: SC C67.5a; Price 3441; HGC 9, 10d
OBVERSE: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
REVERSE: BAΣIΛEΩΣ / AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; anchor and monogram in left field, monogram below throne.
Ex Dr. Will Gordon Collection
Almost Very Fine. Light marks and a few faint scratches.
This issue was struck by Seleukos I in the period between his occupation of Babylon in 312 BC and his declaring himself king in his own name in 305 BC. Seleukos and the numerous Diadochi at this time all sought to capitalize on Alexander's legacy, and struck coins in his name and bearing the familiar types of Herakles and Zeus Aëtophoros. The anchor found on this coin was a symbol of Seleukos.
Seleukos was a general of Alexander the Great and one of the most powerful and long-lived of the Diadochi, the Hellenistic rulers who succeeded Alexander and divided his massive empire into their own kingdoms. Seleukos was the founder of the Seleukid dynasty, establishing his capital at Babylon in 312 BC. His kingdom would itself grow into an immense empire, at its peak stretching from Thrace in Europe to the western borders of India. Both before and after he declared himself King in 305 BC, Seleukos waged numerous wars against his fellow Diadochi, and he in time succeeded in conquering most of Alexander's former territories, with the notable exception of Egypt, which remained firmly under the rule of Ptolemy I. He was assassinated in 281 BC at the age of 77 by Ptolemy Keraunos, a son of Ptolemy I whom Seleukos had given refuge to at his court.
SELEUKID KINGDOM . Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC . AR Tetradrachm . *Pedigreed*
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