01 Seleucus I, Elephant chariot tetradrachms without controls

SCADS77 Seleucus I SC 156 Corr.

SELEUCUS I

ELEPHANT CHARIOT TETRADRACHMS WITHOUT CONTROLS, FROM CENTRAL OR EASTERN PERSIA OR PERHAPS BACTRIA

Silver tetradrachms, elephant chariot type

CNG 94, 721

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

Controls: None

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.

For plated tetradrachms more closely related to the style of Seleucia on the Tigris but also lacking controls, see SCADS73 and SCADS74.

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