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Poseidon - Ποσειδῶν
Poseidon is portrayed on the reverse of this Baktrian tetradrachm issued by Antimachos I (ca. 175-170 BC). A uniquely curious choice for a landlocked country, although the association of Poseidon with earthquakes (which regularly shake the region of Afghanistan) may have been a determining factor in Antimachos choice of a patron god.

Poseidon (Ποσειδῶν) was the god of the sea and the earth-shaker (god of earthquakes) of Greek mythology. He was the protector of many Hellenic cities, although he lost the contest for Athens to Athena. The contest revolved around a gift of each god to the city, with the preferred one of the Athenians determining the outcome. Poseidon struck the ground with his trident, whereupon a spring came into being, only its water proved salty. Athena on the other hand, offered an olive tree making the choice of the Athenians decisive. To placate Poseidon on their choice the Athenians erected a temple to him (Poseidon) at Cape Sounion to the south of Athens.


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Noah  [Dec 26, 2010 at 11:22 PM]
beautiful coin!
Tibsi  [Jan 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM]
Great!
David Atherton  [Apr 24, 2011 at 08:38 AM]
This is a fantastic coin. Both the obverse and reverse are stunning.
Bruno V.  [Aug 28, 2011 at 12:13 AM]
Fantastic!