SELEUKOS I Nikator 296BC Ancient Silver Greek Tetradrachm Coin ATHENA ELEPHANTS

SELEUKOS I Nikator 296BC Ancient Silver Greek Tetradrachm Coin ATHENA ELEPHANTS
SELEUKOS I Nikator 296BC Ancient Silver Greek Tetradrachm Coin ATHENA ELEPHANTS

SELEUKOS I Nikator 296BC Ancient Silver Greek Tetradrachm Coin ATHENA ELEPHANTS
[6632] SELEUKID EMPIRE Seleukos I, Nikator – King: 312-280 B. Silver Tetradrachm 26mm (17.86 grams) Seleukeia on the Tigris mint II. Struck circa 296/5-281 B. Reference: HGC 9, 18a Laureate head of Zeus right. EYKOY, Athena, brandishing spear and holding shield, standing in chariot drawn right by four horned elephants; anchor above. Destined to be the longest-surviving of the’Successors’ of Alexander, Seleukos had a difficult time establishing his power. Alloted the satrapy of Babylon in 321 B. He was ousted from this position five years later, by Antigonos the One-eyed, and fled to his friend Ptolemy in Egypt. He regained Babylon and it is from this even that the Seleukid Era is dated. Seleukos gradually consolidated his power and in 305 B. Took the title of King. From 305-3 he campaigned in the east, extending his rule as far as India. With his defeat of Lysimachos in 281 he became master of the whole of Alexander’s empire, except Egypt; but the following year he was assassinated by Ptolemy Keraunos, a renegade son of his late friend, the King of Egypt. The territorial extent of this might realm varied greatly from period to period. At its zenith, under Seleukos I and Antiochos I, it compromised almost the whole of Alexander’s conquests, except Egypt. In the mid-3rd century the easternmost provinces were lost when both Baktria and Parthia achieved independence. Antiochos III, the Great, attempted to regain the lost territories, but he was only partially successful and in 190 B. He was defeated by the Romans at the battle of Magnesia. This destroyed the Seleukid power in Asia Minor, their former possessions passed to Rome’s ally, the Kingdom of Pergamon. The Seleukid Kingdom, now restricted to Syria and the surrounding area, maintained a precarious existence until 64 B. When it finally succumbed to Pompey the Great. Provided with certificate of authenticity. CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC by Sergey Nechayev, PhD – Numismatic Expert. The item “SELEUKOS I Nikator 296BC Ancient Silver Greek Tetradrachm Coin ATHENA ELEPHANTS” is in sale since Monday, April 16, 2018. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Greek (450 BC-100 AD)”. The seller is “victoram” and is located in Forest Hills, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Culture: Greek
  • Coin Type: Ancient
  • Denomination: Tetradrachm
  • Composition: Silver
  • Material: Silver

SELEUKOS I Nikator 296BC Ancient Silver Greek Tetradrachm Coin ATHENA ELEPHANTS

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