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Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos VI Epiphanes Nikator, c. 96 - 94 B.C.
Seleucia ad Calycadnum (Silifke, Turkey) is near the Mediterranean coast, a few miles inland from the mouth on the Göksu River. It was founded by Seleucus I Nicator in the early 3rd century B.C., one of several cities he named after himself. The towns Olbia (or Olba) and Hyria were probably united to populate the new city. The residents of the nearby Holmi moved to Seleucia because the coast was vulnerable to raiders and pirates. Seleucia achieved considerable commercial prosperity as a port for this corner of Cilicia (later named Isauria), and was even a rival of Tarsus. Cilicia thrived as a province of the Romans, and Seleucia became a religious center with a renowned Temple of Jupiter. It was also the site of a noted school of philosophy and literature, the birthplace of peripatetics Athenaeus and Xenarchus.
GS87612. Silver tetradrachm
II 2405(9); SNG Spaer
2782, Kraay-Mørkholm Essays p. 93, 59 ff.; HGC 9
2405, VF, toned
, well centered
on a tight flan
, light scratches and marks, Seleukeia on the Kalykadnos mint, weight
14.620g, maximum diameter
29.8mm, die axis
, c. 96 - 94 B.C.; obverse
of the Seleukos VI right, diadem ends falling straight behind, fillet border
; reverse Athena
standing left, Nike
standing right offering wreath
in Athena's right hand, left hand resting on grounded shield
, grounded spear vertical behind, ANEIΣI (ANE ligate
) downward inner left; ON LAYAWAY
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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