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HM33246

Seleukid Empire, Seleukos I, Silver Tetradrachm.

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Seleukid Kings, Seleukos I Nikator (312-281 BC), silver Tetradrachm, Seleukeia on the Tigris (Iraq), c. 300-296/5, head of Herakles, in lionskin headdress, right, rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ - ΣEΛEYKOY Zeus enthroned left, holding sceptre and eagle, NO in field, 17.09g, 6h (SC 117.6a). High relief and excellent style, a few light marks, extremely fine.

Provenance:

Ex Leu 28, 9 December 2023, lot 1640, therein said to be from a European collection formed before 2005

After the death of Alexander those Diadochi who struck coins initially continued using the types of Alexander. It is common in numismatics to see a new power using the coinage, or types, of the power it replaces. At the start of the Hellenistic period an evolution of coin types can be traced first replacing the name on the coin, as we see here where Seleukos applies his own name to a coin otherwise identical to those issued by Alexander. On his coinage, Lysimachus displayed a portrait of the then deified Alexander in place of Herakles, and eventually rulers started use their own portrait and develop new types. Collectors interested in the present coin should also look at "HM33245" and "JM33208" which illustrate this period of transition.

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