On February 28, 2019, published the second installment of a two-part CoinWeek series on Seleucid coinage. Here's an excerpt - be sure to
read the complete article online. -Editor
An idealized portrait of young Antiochus appears on a beautiful tetradrachm from an uncertain mint in Phrygia. The standard reverse of Apollo seated on the
omphalos stone, testing an arrow appears on most of his silver and gold coinage. The gold is quite rare; a few massive octodrachms (34 grams - over an ounce)
were probably struck as royal presentation pieces with the same dies used for silver tetradrachms. A unique example brought almost $69,000 in a 2012 European
In June, 217 BCE, Antiochus III was defeated by the Egyptian army of Ptolemy IV at Raphia, near Gaza in Palestine-despite the superiority of Seleucid Indian
war elephants over Ptolemy's smaller North African forest elephants. The war elephant appears on some late tetradrachms of Antiochus.
To read the complete article, see:
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series - The Seleucids
and Their Coins: Part II (https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-the-seleucids-and-their-coins-part-ii/)
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
SELEUCID COINAGE, PART ONE (https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/esylum_v22n05a20.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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