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Macedonian Kingdom, Demetrius I Poliorketes, 306 - 283 B.C., Silverdrachm
The bull's horns suggest Demetrius' relationship to Poseidon is the same as Alexander's to Zeus Ammon. The portrait is individualized, but evokes the image of Alexander. Demetrios was the first to assimilate elements of Alexander's deified portrait and the first living ruler to portray himself as a god on coins.
SH88881. Silver drachm, Newell 154, SNG MŁnchen 1051, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Cop -, VF, attractive style, toned, edge splits, Euboea, Chalkis(?) mint, weight 4.202g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 0o, c. 290 - 287 B.C.; obverse Demetrios diademed head right with horns of a bull, the animal sacred to Demetrios' patron deity, Poseidon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ∆HMHTPIOY, Poseidon standing left, right foot on rock, trident in left (apparently inspired by the Lateran Poseidon, a statue by Lysippos, court sculptor of Alexander), monogram inner left; ex Gorny & Mosch Giessener, auction 257, lot 334; very rare
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Robert L3  [Mar 30, 2019 at 09:59 PM]
Wonderful portrait.
Mark R1  [Apr 04, 2019 at 06:19 PM]
Yeah I like this one.