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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Macedonian Kingdom| > GS87515
Macedonian Kingdom, Seleucus I as Satrap, 328 - 311 B.C., Babylon, Babylonia
After the Persian satrap Mazaios surrendered Babylon to Alexander without a fight, Alexander retained him as governor. Alexander made Babylon his royal seat and established a mint to strike "Alexandrine" coinage, including massive quantities of his tetradrachms with a bust of Herakles on the obverse and Zeus AŽtophoros enthroned on the reverse. Alexandrine coinage was struck at many mints and circulated across Alexander's empire. At the same time, Babylon also struck local civic coinage, some in the name of Mazaeus. After Mazaeus death in 328 B.C., the satrap Seleukos I continued to strike local types in several denominations, all with Baal enthroned on the obverse and a standing lion on the reverse. This variety with a spear head control symbol is attributed to Seleukos.
GS87515. Silver double shekel, Nicolet-Pierre p. 289, 2; BMC Arabia p. 181, 4; SNG Cop -; Traitť -; Babelon Perses -, VF, thick overweight crowded flan, dark toned fields, minor encrustations, rev. light double strike, light marks and scratches, Mesopotamia, Babylon (Hillah, Iraq) mint, weight 20.114g, maximum diameter 22.4mm, die axis 45o, c. 328 - 323 B.C.; obverse Baaltarz enthroned left on seat without back, himation over left shoulder and around hips and legs, lotus tipped scepter vertical before him in right hand, left hand rests on his hip; reverse lion standing left, spear head left (control symbol) above; rare; SOLD

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