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Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus I Soter, 280 - 261 B.C.
At the invitation of Nicomedes I of Bithynia, who required help in a dynastic struggle against his brother, three tribes of Celts crossed over from Thrace to Asia Minor. They numbered about 10,000 fighting men and about the same number of women and children. The Seleucid king Antiochus I, in 275 B.C., defeated them in a battle using Seleucid war elephants to shock the Celts. This victory was the origin of Antiochus' title of Soter (Greek for "savior"). These "Gauls" were not exterminated, many joined Antiochus' army as mercenaries. They established a long-lived Celtic territory in central Anatolia, called Galatia. Strengthened by fresh accessions of the same clans from Europe, the "Galatians" overran Bithynia and supported themselves by plundering neighboring countries.
GY87705. Bronze AE 19, Houghton
I 339.4, Newell ESM
946, HGC 9
148, F, well centered
, corrosion, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight
6.277g, maximum diameter
19.2mm, die axis
, 278 - 268 B.C.; obverse
decorated with anchor
in center, six double arcs around; reverse
walking right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY above and below, monogram
and club above, jawbone below; $70.00
Catalog current as of Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
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