BACTRIA: Agathocles (or Agathokles) AR tetradrachm of the Pedigree Series, commemorating Diodotos as Seleucid Satrap. VERY RARE and CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - BACTRIA: Agathocles (or Agathokles) AR tetradrachm of the Pedigree Series, commemorating Diodotos as Seleucid Satrap. VERY RARE and CHOICE!
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Obverse Diademed head of Diodotos facing right, pearled border around
     Greek legend: ANTIOXOY NIKATOPOΣ
Reverse Nude Zeus standing left, holding aegis over his outstretched left arm
     and hurling thunderbolt with his right hand,
     Greek legend: BAΣIΛETONTOΣ ΔIKAIOY AΓAΘOKΛEOYΣ
      monogram in lower right field, wreath and eagle in left field
Date c. 185-170 BCE
Weight 16.44 gm.
Diameter 33 mm.
Die axis 12 o'clock
Reference MIG 143 var (different monogram), Bop 13A, SNG ANS ---
Comments A handsome coin on a large 33 mm flan ... and VERY RARE!

Many assumed that this coin commemorated the Seleucid emperor Antiochos I, since it bears his name, but this is clearly incorrect. Not only does the portrait on this coin resemble that of Diodotos rather than Antiochos, but the typical Antiochos coinage featured Apollo on the reverse, while this coin features the "thundering Zeus" of Diodotos. In fact, the coin imitates the early coinage of Diodotos, in which the obverse featured Diodotos's portrait, but the reverse named Antiochos, while replacing Apollo with Zeus.

To see the entire Pedigree coin series, and how this coin fits that series, look at the Agathocles page at the CoinIndia website.
Price SKU: 76.2
US$ 8,995.00
  • € 7,560.30
  • £ 6,485.40
  • AUD 11,968.75
  • CHF 8,271.80
  • CAD 11,129.51

Rates for: 06/20/21

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