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    Seleucid Kingdom. Seleucus I Nicator. 312-281 BC. Tetradrachm, 17.12g (8h). Susa, c. 305-294 BC. Obv: 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. Rx: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ Nike standing right, crowning trophy, dotted border. Controls: E in lower left field and ΔI between Nike and trophy. SC 173.11. ESM 413. Hoover 20 var. (different monograms). With a magnificent reverse. Original hoard patina intact. Choice EF.

    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. The reverse design of Nike crowning trophy, shown with exemplary centering and unusual clarity in this example, was paralleled by a nearly simultaneous issue of the Syracusan tyrant Agathocles hundreds of miles away. The motif would prove highly influential in both Greek and Roman coins for centuries to come.


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