01 Seleucus I, Elephant chariot tetradrachms without controls

SCADS78 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

Triton 17, 6 Jan 2014, 367 8h

SC 156 Corr.

Obv.: Laureate head of Zeus r., dotted border.

Rev.: CΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ (curving) to l., ΣΕΑΕΥΚΟΥ in exergue, Athena in elephant quadriga r., brandishing spear and shield, dotted border.

Seleucid symbol (upper field): ANCHOR

Controls: None

Reference: Triton 17, 6 January 2014, lot 367 (image). See also the preliminary die study for elephant chariot tetradrachms without controls.

The high obverse relief, strongly cupped flans, bold obverse style, blundered legends (see also SC 156), loose dies, and the absence 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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