- Seleucid coinage
The coinage of the
Seleucid Empireis based on the coins of Alexander the Greatwhich in turn was based on Athenian coinageof the Attic weight. Many mints and different issues are defined with mainly base and silvercoinage being in abundance. The symbol of Seleucid power was the anchor which was placed on the obverse of coins depicting Alexander but prior to the issuence of coins portraying Seleucid I around 306BCE.
"Bronze" coinage were issued in five type denominations, the weight and size varies greatly and most likely no effort was made to conform to a set standard, they may be denominated in
chalkoi. [ http://www.seleukids.org/seleukids.htm ] :
*A size = 23+ mm = 10+ gm
*B size = 18-23 mm = 6.77-8.63 gm
*C size = 13-17 mm = 3.88 gm
*D size = 12-13 mm = 1.59 gm
*E size = 10-12 mm = 1.13 gm"Silver" coinage come as follow:
*With the denomination based on the
Obol/And image most common on the coin. [ [Babelon, Rois, Pl. II. 9.] ]
Obol= = = Anchor and Bow and Quiver.
Diobol= = = Bow and Quiver
Hemidrachm= 13 mm = 1.87 gm =
Drachm= = 4.10 gm = Anchor
Tetradrachm= = = Elephant walking
*Coins with the head of
Zeuson the reverse and Athenain elephant car. [ (N. C., 1879, Pl. I. 4) ] These coins are of a lighter [http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/sg/sg6856.html Phoenician standard] , which were circulated in India prior to Alexander the Greats conquest.
Starting from Seleukos I, these mints were most likely a continuation from before his reign.
Antioch: to ? Seleucia on the Tigris: to ?, Susa:, Ecbatana:, Apamaeamint:, Babylon:, Aï Khanoum, Seleucia in Pieria:, Arados:, Baktria:, Marathus:, Cyzicus, Lampsacus, Abydus.
Designs for each denomination
The coins have many images including the King with a Lion head dress or
Zeuson a throne with a sceptre and eaglein each hand. Bronze coins usually didn't feature the King's image but mostly a god or goddess and in some cases like [http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/greece/seleucia/antiochos_I/SC_286v.jpga chanrging bull and ancor] .
Under Seleukos I Nicator (Satrap 311–305 BC, King 305 BC–281 BC), as the first king the coinage varieties are similar to Alexander the Greats coinage with his the kings head wearing a lion skin, except the wording was different with BASILEWS SELEYKWS or BASILEWS SELEUKOU. After 300bce the head of this King is portrayed in a similar style to other Greek coinage."Obverses"
*1:Alexander, Seleucid or
Dionysis] in helmet covered with a panther skin & adorned with bull's ear & horns, panther skin tied around neck.
Herakleswearing lion's skin headdress.
*5:A naked male figure seated facing left on a rock, holding an ankh in his right hand.
Athenawearing an Attic helmet.
*8:Winged head of
Medusafacing right. "Reverses"
Zeusenthroned left, holding eagle and sceptre
*2:Athena advancing right, brandishing a
spear& holding a shield
*3:Bull butting right. On bronze coins
*4:Athena over elephant.
Boeotianshield between Nike & trophy
*6:Forepart of a horse facing right with an
Antiochus I Soter (co-ruler from 291, ruled 281–261 BC) [http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/greece/seleucia/antiochos_I/t.html Coins] Designs are much the same as the above ruler, in featuring the many Greek god's and the King's head, the style seems to evolve in the future.
* [http://www.snible.org/coins/hn/syria.html Syria(α) The Seleucid Kings]
* [http://members.verizon.net/vze3xycv/RulersCoins/seleucidPic.htm SELEUCID KINGDOM - COINS]
* [http://home.comcast.net/~pankajtandon/galleries-greek-seleucos1.html Seleucos I]
* [http://home.comcast.net/~pankajtandon/galleries-greek-antiochos.html Antiochos 1]
* [http://www.zeno.ru/showgallery.php?cat=2149 Zeno.ru]
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