ELEPHANT CHARIOT TETRADRACHMS WITHOUT CONTROLS, FROM CENTRAL OR EASTERN PERSIA OR PERHAPS BACTRIA
Silver tetradrachms, elephant chariot type
SC 156 Corr.
Obv.: Laureate head of Zeus r., dotted border.
Rev.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ (curving) on l., ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ in exergue, Athena in elephant quadriga r., brandishing spear and shield, dotted border.
Seleucid symbol (upper field): ANCHOR
Reference: San Rafael, California, MNL collection, ex CNG 94, 18 September 2013, lot 721 (image). See also the preliminary die study for elephant chariot tetradrachms without controls.
The high obverse relief, strongly cupped flans, bold obverse style, several blundered legends (SCADS78 and SC 156), loose dies, and lack of controls all distinguish this series from the regular issues of Seleucia on the Tigris and Susa. Provenances appear to point toward a mint in central Persia or more remotely in Bactria.