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Sale: Nomos 7, Lot: 143. Estimate CHF12000. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013. 
Sold For CHF12000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Seleukos I Nikator. 312-281 BC. Stater (Gold, 18mm, 8.55 g 3), Babylon, circa 311-305 BC. Head of Athena to right, wearing triple-crested Corinthian helmet adorned with serpent on the bowl, pendant earring and pearl necklace. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Nike standing left with her wings spread, holding laurel wreath in her right hand and stylis in her left; to right, monogram within wreath; to left, ΜΙ. Hoover, HGC 9, 3a. Price 3748 var. SC 81.2 var. SNG Munich 759. SNG Saroglos 167. Rare. Well struck, well centered and lustrous. Good extremely fine.

From the Mieza collection, ex Triton XIV, 4 January 2011, 351.

Gold coins in the name of Alexander III were struck for a considerable period after his death: they were the preferred form of payment for soldiers and others who trusted the coins because their types and inscriptions were unchanging. This piece was struck early in the reign of Seleukos I and is an especially attractive example.