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Seleukid Empire, Seleukos I Nikator

Seleukid Empire, Seleukos I Nikator

Seleucus I Nicator, 312-281 BC

“The battle of Ipsus (301 BC) is one of the landmarks of the period after Alexander. The Asiatic empire of Antigonus, which had been the great factor in the history of the last fifteen years, was annihilated forever. The house of Antigonus still survived in the person of Demetrius, who fled from the disastrous battle to Ephesus. His power was unbroken on the seas, and many places in the Levant were still held by his garrisons—Cyprus, Caunus, Tyre and Sidon. But for the moment the other four houses had almost driven the house of Antigonus from the field. “The victorious kings proceeded to cut up the empire of Antigonus like a great carcase, taking slices for themselves and adding its provinces to those they already ruled”. It was Seleucus and Lysimachus who gained the most in territory. Seleucus now annexed Syria” (1)

(1) Edwin Robert Bevan. The House of Seleucus Heraklion Press.

Seleukos I Nikator AR Tetradrachm

SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Seleukos I Nikator. 312-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 17.07 g, 2h). Susa mint. Struck circa 305/4-295 BC. Head of hero (Alexander or Seleukos?) right, wearing helmet covered with panther skin and adorned with the ear and horns of a bull / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Nike standing right, holding in both hands a wreath that she places on trophy to right; EP monogram to lower left, ΔI in lower middle field. SC 173.11; ESMS Tr.54 (A40/P6); ESM 413; HGC 9, 20; Sunrise 174 corr. (monogram; this coin). EF, toned, great metal. Among the finest.

CNG Triton XVIII, Lot: 129. Estimate $75000.Sold for $75000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Thank you CNG for image and auction text

Kingdoms of the Diadochi c 300 BC

Kingdoms of the Diadochi 300 bc

Source: The Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd