NEW MINT, PERHAPS A MILITARY FACILITY OPERATING IN ASIA MINOR AFTER 203 B.C.
Silver tetradrachm, Apollo on omphalos type
Obv.: Diademed head of Antiochus III r. (type Cii) of refined style, with idealized features, elongated profile eye, slightly aquiline nose, break in bags indicating incipient baldness at temple, one diadem end waving upward, the other falling straight behind.
Rev.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ on r., ANTIOXOY on l., Apollo seated l. on omphalos, testing arrow and resting l. hand on grounded bow.
Obverse die links with SC 1010.
Reference: Copenhagen, M. Andersen collection, ex Ancient Delights Vcoins sale, December 2011, lot 1284.
The new coin confirms that rather than being a barbarous imitation, SC 1010 must be seen as the product of a “mint” (a facility producing two or more issues) — perhaps one of several created by military need during Antiochus’ invasion of Asia Minor after 203 B.C.