Decorative Arts :
Taher Collection : Silver Tetradrachm of King Antiochus III
Silver Tetradrachm of King Antiochus III - CT.0007
Location: United States
Obverse: Portrait of the King Wearing a Diadem
Reverse: Apollo Nude Seated on Omphalos, Holding
Arrow and Bow
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.
Antiochus III, known as “the Great,” was the younger
son of Seleukos II and brother of Seleukos III. A
soldier of great ability, he successfully campaigned
between 212 and 205 B.C. to restore Alexander’s
empire in Judea from the clutches of Ptolemy V as
well as the kingdoms of Parthia and Bactria. Later he
was defeated by the Romans following their victory
over Phillip V of Macedon in 197.
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.