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Obolos 26

18 December 2022

Starting Price: 75 CHF
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Lot 305

SELEUKID KINGS. Alexander I Balas, 152-145 BC. Drachm (Silver, 15.5 mm, 4.16 g, 9 h), Antioch, circa 149/8-148/7. Diademed head of Alexander I to right. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ / ΘΣOΠATOΡOΣ (sic) EΥEΡΓETOΥ Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow in right hand and supporting bow set on ground with left; in exergue, monogram. HGC 9, 887a. SC 1785.5b. Strike a bit crude, and probably imitative, otherwise, good very fine.

The somewhat crude strike and error in the legend (ΘΣOΠATOΡOΣ instead of ΘEOΠATOΡOΣ) suggests this coin is probably imitative and not an official issue of the Seleukid mint at Antioch. The coins of Balas from Antioch, as they are for other Seleukid kings, are usually quite well made, from good dies, and do not often contain misspellings, indicating tight control by officials at the mint.

Online bidding closes: 18 Dec 2022, 16:32:30 CET Current Date & Time: 27 Mar 2023, 19:05:33 CEST Remaining Time: Closed Hammer Price:340 CHF by MailBidder2339 (8 bids)
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