SELEUKID EMPIRE. Demetrios I Soter. 162-150 B.C. Æ. 17.31 gm. 24.5 mm. Uncertain mint 83, probably in northern Syria. Head of lion left / Head of boar right; monogram to left; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ. SC 1660d. HGC 9, 823. Good Very Fine; red earthen repatination. Attractive example of a dramatic type. Very Rare.
“The Seleukid Empire was the largest of the successor states carved from the short-lived empire of Alexander the Great, and arguably the most culturally diverse. Over nearly two and a half centuries it produced an astonishing volume and variety of coinage...from mints scattered across its vast expanse.” (Seleucid Coins: A Comprehensive Catalogue, Volume I, by Arthur Houghton and Catharine Lorber with Brian Kritt.) Lots 68-80 mark the beginning of our offering of a collection of Seleukid coins which we will continue in succeeding sales. We begin with tetradrachms from several different mints of Seleukos I, who founded the Seleukid dynasty which ruled until Pompey made Syria a Roman province in 63 B.C. He was succeeded by his son Antiochos I Soter, who was followed by Antiochos II Theos, and so on. We offer examples both in the types of Alexander, and with their portraits. Sprinkled throughout are a number of interesting bronzes.
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