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Seleukid Silver Tetradrachm of King Seleucus IV Philopator - C.4008
Origin: Syria
Circa: 187 BC to 175 BC

Collection: Numismatics
Medium: Silver
Condition: Very Fine

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Obverse: Diademed Head of the King Facing Right

Reverse: Apollo Seated on an Omphalos, Holding Arrow and Bow, Inscription “BASILEUS” on the Right, “SELEUKOU” on the Left, Palm Branch and Wreath in Field on Left

The Seleukid Kingdom was established by Seleukos I, one of the generals of Alexander the Great, following the death of Alexander and the division of his empire. At its peak under Seleukos I and Antiochus I, the Seleucid Kingdom comprised almost the whole of the conquests of Alexander with the exception of Egypt. Ruling from 187-175 B.C., Seleukos IV, the elder son of Antiochus III the Great, inherited a much smaller kingdom than his ancestors controlled since Asia Minor, Parthia and Baktria had all become independent. He governed what was left well, considering he also had to pay a war-indemnity to Rome.

How many hands have touched a coin in your pocket or your purse? What eras and lands have the coin traversed on its journey into our possession? As we reach into our pockets to pull out some change, we rarely hesitate to think of who touched the coin before us, or where the coin will venture to after us. More than money, coins are a symbol of the state that struck them, of a specific time and place, whether currency in the age we live or an artifact of a long forgotten empire. This ancient coin is more than an artifact; it is a memorial to a lost kingdom passed from the hands of civilization to civilization, from generation to generation.
- (C.4008)


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