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    SELEUCID KINGDOM. Seleucus I Nicator (312-281 BC). AR tetradrachm (17.12 gm). Susa, c. 305-294 BC. Head of Seleucus I right, wearing helmet covered with panther skin and adorned with bull's ears and horns, panther skin tied around neck, dotted border. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ, Nike standing right, crowning trophy, monogram between. SC 173.4. Hoover 20. Attractively toned, with a particularly sharp reverse. Extremely fine.

    Debate has long swirled regarding the identity of the 'helmeted hero' appearing on the obverse of this type - is it Seleucus I himself, or Alexander the Great, or a composite demigod incorporating features of Seleucus, Alexander and Dionysus? In the new Handbook of Syrian Coins (CNG, 2009), Oliver Hoover opts for identifying the portrait as an idealized image of Seleucus himself.


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    September, 2011
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
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