AR Tetradrachm. 12.55g, 28.3mm
MINTED: SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch mint, circa AD 250-251
REF: McAlee 1113d; Prieur-529 (24 spec); RPC-1655 (18 spec)
OBVERSE: AVT K Γ ME KV ΔEKIOC TPAIANOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, •••• (officina 4) below bust.
REVERSE: ΔHMAPX EΞOYCIAC, Eagle with spread wings standing right on palm branch, holding wreath in beak; S C in exergue.
Ex Bill Behnen Collection (acquired from Coin Galleries, 4 Sep 1963)
Good Very Fine. Nice toning, with some scattered hoard deposits. Well-struck bold portrait.
Excellent 50-year old provenance to the Bill Behnen Collection.
Antioch on the Orontes River (modern day Antakya, Turkey) was a great city in the Roman province of Syria. It was built by Seleukos I, one of Alexander the Great's generals, and founder of the Seleukid Empire after the latter's death. It occupied an enviable position on the ancient Silk Road trading route and was the third most important city in the Empire, after Alexandria in Egypt and Rome itself. The city also played an important role in early Christian history, and it was at Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first referred to as Christians.
TRAJAN DECIUS . SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch . AR Tetradrachm . Pedigreed
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