ANTIOCHUS III SILVER TETRADRACHM – HELLENISTIC PORTRAIT MASTERPIECE WITH THE ELEPHANT CORPS REVERSE – NGC GRADED XF STAR GREEK SELEUCID COIN (Inv. 13811)
SELEUCID KINGDOM. ANTIOCHUS III, 222-187 BC
Silver tetradrachm, 16.95 g., 28 mm, minted at Uncertain Mint 56 in Western Asia Minor, perhaps Sardes, ca. 203 BC.
Obv. Diademed head of Antiochos right, within bead and reel border.
Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY, elephant marking right, MIO control monogram in left field, M control monogram in right field.
SC 985.2; ESM 317 (where a singled Paris specimen is listed, struck from the same obverse die).
NGC graded XF STAR, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, extremely rare with one of the most amazing portraits in Hellenistic numismatics. Referring to this obverse die and one others, Cathy Lorber writes in SC, p. 377: “The first two portraits of these elephant tetradrachms are extraordinary works of art, perhaps taken from life. All three portraits are apparently from the same (engraver’s) hand. They share a peculiar treatment of the neck truncation, with the front plunging downward to a sharp point.”