ANTIOCH IN PERSIS (?)
Silver plated tetradrachm, Apollo on omphalos type (15.22 gm.)
Cf. SC 1708-1709
Obv.: Diademed head of Demetrius I r., diadem ends falling straight behind, fillet border.
Rev.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ on r., ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ on l., Apollo seated l. on omphalos, testing arrow and resting hand on grounded bow with grip marked by two pellets.
Reference: CNG EAuction 264, lot 172.
Judging from the type, the coin was intended to imitate an eastern issue. The treatment of the diadem ends, the ornamentation of Apollo’s bow, and the right field control all suggest an issue of Antioch in Persis as the probable model. The form of the outer left control is uncertain.