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Ancient coins => Ancient Greece => Topic started by: Overlord on March 14, 2019, 03:32:19 PM

Title: Seleukid Empire: Antiochos I Soter (281-261 BC), AR Tetradrachm
Post by: Overlord on March 14, 2019, 03:32:19 PM
Seleukid Empire: Antiochos I Soter (281-261 BC), AR Tetradrachm, Seleukeia on the Tigris, SC 379.3c, ESM 155 (17.15 g, 27 mm)

My first and only Seleukid coin...

Obverse: Diademed head right
Reverse: Apollo Delphios seated to left on omphalos, testing arrow and resting left hand on grounded bow; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ to right, ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ to left, AP monogram to outer left, monogram to outer right.
Title: Re: Seleukid Empire: Antiochos I Soter (281-261 BC), AR Tetradrachm
Post by: Arminius on March 14, 2019, 07:28:15 PM
What a reverse!  :like:
From the periods when depictions on coins were realistic portraits and impressive artwork.

Regards

Title: Re: Seleukid Empire: Antiochos I Soter (281-261 BC), AR Tetradrachm
Post by: Figleaf on March 16, 2019, 12:36:42 PM
Really nice detail, Overlord. I guess every warrior would have recognised the gesture: checking if the arrow is still straight. That is important, especially when arrows were routinely "recycled". I wonder if it wasn't symbolic for "at peace, but ready for war". The message was similar on modern UK pennies, with Britannia equipped with a helmet, shield and spear.

Peter