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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Seleucid Kingdom| > GY89999
Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos II Kallinikos, 246 - 225 B.C.
The Seleukid Empire was under attack by Egypt when Kallinikos assumed the throne. He lost much of Thrace and coastal Anatolia to Ptolemy III. While he was fighting, his mother made his younger brother Antiochos Hierax joint ruler. Kallinikos agreed to partition the empire; however, Hierax wanted it all and Hierax and his Galatian mercenaries defeated him. Kallinikos managed to retain the lands east of the Tauros. The War of the Brothers weakened the empire, permitting regions such as Parthia to secede. Anatolia was soon lost. Kallinikos died after a fall from his horse.
GY89999. Bronze AE 17, Houghton-Lorber 670, Newell WSM 1484, HGC 9 347 (R2), Choice VF, well centered, dark glossy patina, earthen deposits, Ionia, Magnesia ad Maeandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, weight 4.461g, maximum diameter 16.5mm, die axis 0o, 246 - 239 A.D.; obverse head of Artemis right, bow and quiver behind on shoulder; reverse Apollo standing half left, nude, head left, testing arrow in right hand, left hand resting on grounded bow behind, BAΣIΛEΩΣ downward on right, ΣEΛEYKOY downward on left, ME monogram (primary control) outer right, monogram outer left (secondary control), all within meander pattern border; rare; $60.00











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