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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Seleucid Kingdom| > SH03667
Seleukid Kingdom, Seleucus I Nikator, 312 - 280 B.C.
Seleukos (Seleucus) founded the Seleukid Empire and the Seleukid dynasty which ruled Syria until Pompey made it a Roman province in 63 B.C. Seleukos was never one of Alexander the Great's principal generals but he commanded the royal bodyguard during the Indian campaign. In the division of the empire after Alexander's death Seleukos did not receive a satrapy. Instead, he served under the regent Perdikkas until the latter's murder in 321 or 320. Seleukos was then appointed satrap of Babylonia. Five years later Antigonus Monophthalmus (the One-eyed) forced him to flee, but he returned with support from Ptolemy. He later added Persia and Media to his territory and defeated both Antigonus and Lysimachus. He was succeeded by his son Antiochus I.
SH03667. Silver tetradrachm, Houghton 202(12), SNG Spaer 171 var, VF, Ekbatana mint, weight 17.12g, maximum diameter 24.6mm, die axis 180o, obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ in ex, ΣEΛEIKOY right, Zeus enthroned left, right leg drawn back, eagle in right, scepter in left, monogram over anchor with fluke up left, symbols under throne; SOLD











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