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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Macedonian Kingdom| > SH54897
Macedonian Kingdom, Demetrios I Poliorketes, 306 - 283 B.C.
The bull's horns suggest his 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. -- www.lawrence.edu
SH54897. Silver tetradrachm, Newell 81, SNG Alpha Bank 948, gVF, toned, Amphipolis mint, weight 16.449g, maximum diameter 30.0mm, die axis 0o, 291 - 290 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, nude, right foot on rock, trident in left (apparently inspired by the Lateran Poseidon, a statue by Lysippos, court sculptor of Alexander); ex Pegasi Numismatics, toned, high relief and nice style; SOLD











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