PERGAMENE KINGDOM SILVER TETRADRACHM – RARE PHILETAERUS EMISSION WITH THE PORTRAIT OF SELEUCUS I – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED GREEK PERGAMON COIN (Inv. 12231)
PERGAMENE KINGDOM. Philetaerus, ca. 284-263 BC.
Silver tetradrachm, 17.08 g., 30 mm.
Obv. Diademed head of Seleucus I.
Rev. ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ, Athena enthroned left, holding shield by her legs, ivy leaf in field, bow in outer right field.
SC 309.5a; SNG BN 1599 (same obverse die); Newell, WSM 14.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. A remarkable, historical coin, with a portrait of Seleucus I. Among the “textbook” coins of the Hellenistic period, the obverse from this series appears as dust jacket illustration for Houghton & Lorber’s Seleucid Coins. The Seleucus portrait series was minted by Philetaerus to show allegiance to Antiochus and likely commemorate his victory over the Gauls. There are five distinct varieties in this series, catalogued in SC p. 120, no. 309. The present specimen is SC 309.5a, a variety without additional controls except the ivy leaf and bow. It is, however, struck from an earlier die whose OA control in the exergue (SC 309.4a) has been largely erased to meet the requirements of the new emission.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.