DEMETRIUS POLIORCETES SILVER TETRADRACHM – SPECTACULAR NIKE ON PROW ISSUE OF TARSUS – CHOICE VF STAR 5-5 FINE STYLE NGC GRADED GREEK MACEDONIAN COIN (Inv. 17040)
KINGDOM OF MACEDON. Demetrius Poliorcetes ( Demetrios Poliorketes ), 306-283 BC.
Silver tetradrachm, 17.02 g, 27 mm. Issue of Tarsus, ca. 298-295 BC.
Obv. Nike on prow of ship, blowing trumpet.
Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΩΣ ΔΗΜΙΤΡΙOΥ, Poseidon striding left, preparing to throw trident, elaborate control monogram in left field, ΠAP monogram in right field.
Cf. Newell 33 (a stater with the same controls); Seleucus I Hoard, 1037–41.
NGC graded CHOICE VF STAR, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, FINE STYLE.
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.