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Seleucid Empire, Alexander I Balas (150-145 BC) AR Tetradrachm Coin.

Mint Place: Antioch on the Orontes Mint Period: dated SE 164 (149/8 BC). Reference: SC 1782.3d; HGC 9, 875a. Denomination: AR Tetradrachm (Four Drachmai) Diameter: 28mm Weight: 16.4gm Material: Silver

Obverse: Diademed head of Alexander I Balas right. Decorative border around.

Reverse: Zeus Nikephoros enthroned left; monogram to inner left. Legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY / ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETOY

The tetradrachm (Greek: τετράδραχμον) was an Ancient Greek silver coin equivalent to four drachms. It was in wide circulation from 510 to 38 BC. The currency’s use was also popular in Greek-influenced areas of present-day Persia and India.

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Alexander Balas (Ancient Greek: Ἀλέξανδρoς Bάλας), ruler of the Greek Seleucid kingdom in 150–146 BC, was a native of Smyrna of humble origin, but gave himself out to be the son of Antiochus IV Epiphanes and Laodice IV and heir to the Seleucid throne. Along with his sister Laodice VI, the youngster Alexander was “discovered” by Heracleides, a former minister of Antiochus IV and brother of Timarchus, an usurper in Media who had been executed by the reigning king Demetrius I Soter.

Alexander’s claims were recognized by the Roman Senate, Ptolemy Philometor of Egypt and others. He married Cleopatra Thea, a daughter of the Ptolemaic dynasty. At first unsuccessful, Alexander finally defeated Demetrius Soter in 150 BC. Being now master of the empire, he is said to have abandoned himself to a life of debauchery. Whatever the truth behind this, the young king was forced to depend heavily on his Ptolemaic support and even struck portraits with the characteristic features of king Ptolemy I.

Demetrius Soter’s son Demetrius II profited by the opportunity to regain the throne. Ptolemy Philometor, who was Alexander’s father-in-law, went over to his side, and Alexander was defeated in the battle of Antioch (145 BC) in Syria, sometimes known as the battle of the Oenoparus.

He fled for refuge to a Nabataean prince, who murdered him and sent his head to Ptolemy Philometor, who had been mortally wounded in the engagement.


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CoinWorldTV Seleucid Empire, Alexander I Balas (150-145 BC) AR Tetradrachm Coin. VF+ Mint Place: Sidon Reference: SNGIs 1427v. Mint Period: dated SE 165 (148/7 BC) Denomination: AR Tetradrachm (Four Drachmai) Condition: Minor deposits, usual circulation-marks and a few scratches, otherw ...

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CoinWorldTV Seleucid Empire, Alexander I Balas (150-145 BC) AR Tetradrachm Coin. XF! Mint Place: Sidon Reference: SNGIs 1427v. Mint Period: dated SE 165 (148/7 BC) Denomination: AR Tetradrachm (Four Drachmai) Condition: Minor deposits in reverse, otherwise XF! Weight: 16.38gm Diamete ...

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CoinWorldTV Seleucid Empire, Alexander I Balas (150-145 BC) AR Tetradrachm Coin. aXF! Mint Place: Antioch Reference: SNGIs 1427v. Denomination: AR Tetradrachm (Four Drachmai) Condition: Minor scratches, otherwise about XF! Weight: 16.28gm Diameter: 27mm Material: Silver Obverse: Dia ...

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CoinWorldTV Seleucid Empire, Alexander I Balas (150-145 BC) AR Tetradrachm Coin. VF+ Mint Period: 150-145 BC Mint Place: Antioch on the Orontes Denomination: AR Tetradrachm (Four Drachmai) Condition: Minor scratches, otherwise a nice VF+ Weight: 16.36gm Diameter: 27mm Material: Sil ...

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CoinWorldTV Seleucid Empire, Alexander I Balas (150-145 BC) AR Tetradrachm Coin. Corroded F+ Mint Period: 150-145 BC Mint Place: Antioch on the Orontes Denomination: AR Tetradrachm (Four Drachmai) Reference: Not identified due to lack of visible detals! Condition: Struck on a ...

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CoinWorldTV Seleucid Empire, Alexander I Balas (150-145 BC) AR Tetradrachm Coin. Sidon mint! Mint Place: Sidon Reference: SC 1829, 5. R! Mint Period: dated SE 165 (148/7 BC) Denomination: AR Tetradrachm (Four Drachmai) Condition: Obverse struck lightly off-center, possibly clea ...

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ANCIENT COIN COPIES, copy of Athens tetradrachm (16.35 grams) (illustrated); another of very barbarous uncertain type of Roman Republic denarius or drachms of Spain and ...

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† ANCIENT COINS, GREEK, Greek Silver Coins (7), including an Athenian Tetradrachm, Alexander III (The Great), Drachms; and Seleukid and Parthian Drachms. Mostly fair to fine. (7) £120-160

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ANCIENT COINS, GREEK, Greek Silver Coins (7), comprising Thrace, Apollonia Pontika (late 5th Century to early 4th Century BC), Silver Drachm, anchor and crayfish, rev head of Medusa facing; Illyr ...
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