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LHS Numismatik AG > Auction 102Auction date: 29 April 2008
Lot number: 285

Lot description:

Asia Minor

Asia Minor, Antioch-on-the-Maeander, Karia

Estimate: CHF 1'200.00

4 Assaria (AE, 32 mm, 18.31 g 7), 2nd-3rd century AD. Diademed and draped bust of the Seleucid king Antiochos I Soter to right. Rev. Eagle, facing with spread wings and head turned to right, hovering over wreathed altar. BMC -. Kl M. p. 109, 8. SNGs Cop., Righetti, Tübingen, von Aulock -. Extremely rare. Dark patina. Very fine.

Antioch-on-the-Maeander was well-known in ancient times for its great bridge over the Maeander river, but was otherwise a city of little importance. Due to a number of severe earthquakes in ancient times, and the plunder of the site for building materials in the 19th and early 20th centuries there are few remains to be seen at the site; and the bridge itself seems to have disappeared without a trace. In fact, the most interesting relics that survive from the city are the coins it produced: there is some remarkably rare Hellenistic silver (tetradrachms and drachms) as well as some Hellenistic copper coins and an extensive run of Imperial issues, ranging from Augustus through Gallienus (including some that show the famous bridge - as Price & Trell fig. 82). While most of the city´s Imperial coinage bears either imperial portraits or heads of personifications of the local governing bodies (the Boule, the Senate or the Gerousia) this extraordinary and extremely rare piece presents us with an idealized portrait of the founder of the city, Antiochos I, and is one of the very few coins of the Roman period to carry a portrait of an early Hellenistic ruler.