SELEUKID Antiochos III 223-187 BC bronze


SELEUKID, Antiochos III, 223-187 BC, minor, no date, Seleukia mint, Obverse: laureate head of Apollo R in beaded circle, Reverse: Apollo standing R, BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY, bronze, 12mm, 1.42g, SNG Cop-154, VF

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Antiochos (Antiochus) III, known as “the Great,” tried to expand into Egypt but was repulsed, so he turned east and added territory in Bactria. He found himself in conflict with the Roman Republic, which beat him. He died during that campaign.

The Seleukid kingdom came into being when Seleukos, a general of Alexander the Great, being in Mesopotamia at the time, just kept it, and went to war with his fellow generals to establish the zones of influence. The Seleukids hung on for a couple of centuries.

The big change that Alexander the Great brought about was the union of the Greek spirit of inquiry with the methods of imperial bureaucracy.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.