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91000355
CNG 91, Lot: 355. Estimate $300.
Sold for $400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos I Soter. Joint reign with Seleukos I, 294-281 BC. AR Obol (10mm, 0.52 g, 1h). Uncertain mint, probably in the east (Seleukeia on the Tigris?). Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Nike advancing right, holding wreath; A to right. Künker 111, lot 6300, otherwise unpublished. Good VF, toned, minor double strike. Extremely rare, the second known.


The attribution of this type to Antiochos I is tentative, based on the opinion of Arthur Houghton and Oliver Hoover, who also speculate that it is likely from an eastern mint, possibly Seleukeia on the Tigris, where Nike, rather than an eagle, was used with Zeus on Alexander-type tetradrachms (noting the parallel of the style of Nike’s wings with SC 120).