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ID:     720936
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     SELEUCID KINGDOM
Issuer:     Antiochus I Soter
Date Ruled:     281-261 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetradrachm
Date Struck:     from dies of high artistic merit.
Weight:     16.62 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Diademed head right
Reverse Description:     Herakles seated left on rock, lion's skin draped over rock, holding club set on ground; two monograms in exergue
Primary Reference:     SC 318c
Reference2:     WSM 1456 (same obv. die)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=84704
Grade:     Good VF, light surface roughness
Notes:     Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 936 Struck from dies of high artistic merit. In WSM, Newell notes (p. 273) that the engraver of this splendid obverse die, known to Newell from just a single example, was surely the same artist who engraved a small number of superb portraits at Smyrna (WSM 1493-4). Newell further points out that this is one of the earliest issues of the weary Herakles type, which was introduced towards the close of Antiochos I’s reign. The significance of the design is uncertain but may reflect the personal situation of the aging Antiochos, resting like Herakles after many labors.