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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
81, SNG Alpha Bank
948, gVF, toned
, Amphipolis mint, weight
16.449g, maximum diameter
30.0mm, die axis
, 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
Catalog current as of Thursday, April 18, 2019.
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