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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 394

SELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos Hierax(?). Circa 242-227 BC. AR Tetradrachm (31mm, 15.47 g, 1h). Uncertain mint in Asia Minor.

CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 394.
 Estimated: $ 1 000

Greek, Silver

Sold For $ 900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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SELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos Hierax(?). Circa 242-227 BC. AR Tetradrachm (31mm, 15.47 g, 1h). Uncertain mint in Asia Minor. Unpublished. Lightly toned, light marks and scratches, overstruck on type with Apollo standing left, leaning elbow on tripod (the legend BAΣIΛ and ΣE, along with Apollo’s head and the top of the tripod, are visible on reverse). Good VF.

From the MNL Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 97 (17 September 2014), lot 287.

Given the visible portions of the legend, the undertype is most almost certainly a coin of Seleukos II (SC 931 has been reassigned to Seleukos II [see SC II p. 666, C931], and although SC 936 might belong to the time of Seleukos III, the traces of the right-side monogram on the undertype are not consistent with the monograms of that issue). The identification of the issuer as Antiochos Hierax is not certain, but seems most likely, as the coin portraiture of Antiochos III is well developed, and the portrait on the present coin does not fit in this scheme. If the coin is of Hierax, it may suggest that he had a program to recoin his rival Seleukos II’s coinage by overstriking it.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 114 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 13-14 May 2020. This lot is in Session 2, which begins 13 May 2020 at 2 PM ET.

UPDATE: As the CNG staff and many of our clients remain under social distancing and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNG 114 will be held as an internet only auction. The sale will take place as scheduled on 13-14 May 2020.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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