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92, Lot: 48. Estimate $75.
Sold for $66. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Alexander I Balas. 150-145 BC. Æ 20mm (7.87 gm). Quasi-municipal issue of Apamea. Year 163 (150/49 BC). Diademed head right / Zeus standing left, holding Corinthian helmet and sceptre; monogram in outer left field, date in inner left field. SNG Spaer 1487-91; Babelon 918. VF, dark green patina with sandy encrustation.

About as often as not this issue comes with a rectangular countermark containing a palm branch on the reverse, the meaning of which is uncertain. Collectors of the series generally try to obtain examples both with and without the countermark.