When Alexander the Great died in 323 B.C. he did not appoint a successor, leaving the vast Macedonian Empire without a sole ruler. As a result, his most trusted advisors and generals divided the army between themselves and began carving up the empire. Over the next few decades, they fought a number of wars against each other. Finally, after a half-century, three main successors emerged to rule: Antogonus, Ptolemy, and Seleucus.
The Ptolemies based themselves in Egypt, the Antagonids held onto Macedon, and the wealthiest of the three, the Seleucids, controlled what is now Lebanon, Syria, and much of Southern Turkey. For the next 250 years the Seleucid Dynasty, which spanned from roughly 310 B.C. to 64 B.C, was truly a combination of Greek and Middle Eastern culture. Due to wars and instability, the Seleucid Empire began to erode around 164 B.C. and the last relevant king, Antiochus VII, ruled from 138-129 B.C. until he was killed in battle.
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- Antiochus VII Silver Tetradrachm NGC CHAU
Struck nearly 2,200 years ago, these large and intricate silver tetradrachms struck by Antiochus VII have remarkable detail and history. Besides the obvious historic importance, these coins are hand-struck in high-relief and no two coins are exactly alike. They are excellent examples of Hellenistic art. Certified by NGC in About Uncirculated condition, they are remarkable ancient silver coins, indeed.
The obverse depicts Antiochus VII facing right, similar to the tetradrachms of Alexander the Great. The reverse has a standing figure surrounded by various implements and markings. We feel that attractive, high-end ancient silver offers a great value in the current marketplace and these are absolutely stunning in all regards. Highly recommended while available.
Below: Stone heads of Eagle, Hercules & King Antiochus on famous mount Nemrut, Kahta, Turkey. Burial complex was built in 65 BC by King Antiochus. Heads fell during earthquake. Now it's a unesco world heritage site.
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