DEMETRIUS POLIORCETES SILVER TETRADRACHM – NIKE ON PROW ISSUE OF EPHESUS – CHOICE XF NGC GRADED GREEK MACEDONIAN COIN (Inv. 11865)
KINGDOM OF MACEDON. Demetrius Poliorcetes ( Demetrios Poliorketes ), 306-283 BC.
Silver tetradrachm, 17.22 g., 27 mm. Minted at Ephesus, ca. 301-295 BC
Obv. Nike on prow of ship, blowing trumpet.
Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΩΣ ΔΗΜΙΤΡΙOΥ, Poseidon striding left, preparing to throw trident, HAP monogram in left field, star in right field.
NGC graded CHOICE XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5.
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.