SELEUCUS IV SILVER TETRADRACHM – POSSIBLY UNIQUE AND UNPUBLISHED “DONATIVE” EMISSION – CHOICE XF NGC GRADED GREEK SELEUCID COIN (Inv. 13787)
SELEUCID KINGDOM. SELEUCUS IV, 187-175 BC
Silver tetradrachm, 17.16.11 g., 30 mm, minted at an uncertain Cilician mint, likely Tarsus.
Obv. Diademed head of Antiochos right within a bead-and-reel border.
Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ, Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow in right hand and resting left on grounded bow, flying Nike crowning Seleucus’ name in outer left field, HP control monogram in exergue.
SC 1311 var (with additional control monogram unrecorded in SC)
NGC graded CHOICE XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 2/5, seemingly unique and unpublished, dark gray patina. In discussing the SC recorded variety with the Nike but no control, Lorber concludes “The position of the wreath-bearing Nike, who faces right to crown the royal name, suggests the possibility that this was a special donative issue for Seleucus’ accession as sole ruler. Such an occasion could also explain the unusual, idealized portrait, which is without parallel in the coinage of this reign except for its single occurrence at Tarsus.”