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    Seleukid Kingdom. Seleukos I Nikator. 312-281 B.C. AR tetradrachm, (25 mm, 17.10 g, 9 h). Seleukeia on the Tigris, after ca. 296/5 B.C. Laureate head of Zeus right / Athena Promachos, brandishing spear and holding shield, in quadriga drawn by elephants right; above, anchor; in exergue, (Gamma Sigma). SC 130.2a; ESM 30; Hoover 18a. Good VF.

    This coin features the definitive personal typology of Seleukos I and illustrates his total break with the typology of Alexander the Great that had dominated the coinage of the early period of the Successors. The elephant chariot advertises his conquest of the East and the gift of 500 war elephants that he received from the Indian king, Chandragupta Maurya. These elephants were used to decisively defeat the forces of Antigonos Monophthalmos at the battle of Ipsos in 301 B.C. Zeus and Athena Promachos are traditional Macedonian deities and represent Seleukos' attempt to show his Greco-Macedonian subjects that despite being a ruler of eastern lands and many non-Greek peoples, he was still one of them.


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