DEMETRIUS POLIORCETES SILVER DRACHM – NIKE ON PROW ISSUE OF TARSUS – FINE NGC GRADED GREEK MACEDONIAN COIN (Inv. 16193)
KINGDOM OF MACEDON. Demetrius Poliorcetes ( Demetrios Poliorketes ), 306-283 BC.
Silver drachm, 4.07 g, 17 mm. Minted at Tarsus, ca. 298-295 BC
Obv. Nike on prow of ship, blowing trumpet.
Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΩΣ ΔΗΜΙΤΡΙOΥ, Poseidon striding left, preparing to throw trident, A in left field, AIO monogram in right field.
NGC graded FINE, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, iridescent toning.
Demetrius “the Besieger” was one of the more colorful players in the struggle for power following Alexander’s death. His coinage features Poseidon, god of the sea, recalling Demetrius’ claims to glory as being a “Besieger of Cities.” This particular series depicts a triumphal monument for a naval victory, with Nike, goddess of Victory, blowing a trumpet from the prow of a ship. It is reminiscent of the “Victory of Samothrace,” the famous marble figure in the Louvre Museum that comes from a very similar monument.