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John B McNamara Jewelry

CPG202 - ANCIENT HELLENISTIC GREEK WINGED EROS BRONZE COIN FROM THE SELEUKID EMPIRE SET IN 14K GOLD PENDANT

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CPG202 - ANCIENT HELLENISTIC GREEK WINGED EROS BRONZE COIN FROM THE SELEUKID EMPIRE SET IN 14K GOLD PENDANT

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SETTING
14K YELLOW GOLD
COIN 
BRONZE DENOM B
COIN AGE
138 - 129 B.C.
TOTAL SIZE
.8" diameter overall

INCLUDES GIFT BOX
Actual Item - One Only

COMES WITH CERTIFICATE OF
AUTHENTICITY / HISTORY SHEET

ADD A GOLD CHAIN

DISPLAYED WITH A POPCORN CHAIN

With it unusually high relief, well-centered strike and remarkable preservation and detail, this is a COLLECTOR-GRADE ancient Greek bronze coin minted in Antioch, Syria during the rule of the Seleukid Empire.  It is handsomely displayed in a simple, stamped high-polished 14KT yellow gold pendant setting.  Displayed on the obverse, is a rare, crisp bust of the Greek god of love, Eros, with wings.  Eros was the Greek version of the later Roman Cupid.  When we think of Cupid today in our culture, the origin of this figure comes from the winged Eros shown on this very coin!  The reverse of the coin shows an inscription attributing this coin to Antiochos VII Euergetes along with a headdress of the Egyptian goddess Isis resting on two ears of corn.

The majority of these coins are no where near the detail and quality of this coin and the dark patina and highlighted relief makes for a perfect subject coin for this famous era in the history of the ancient Greek world!

The Seleucid (Seleukid) Empire was an ancient Greek Hellenistic state ruled by the Seleucid dynasty, which existed from 312 BC to 63 BC. It was established by Seleucus I Nicator following the division of the Macedonian empire vastly expanded by Alexander the Great. Seleucus received Babylonia and, from there, expanded his dominions to include much of Alexander's near eastern territories. At the height of its power, it included central Anatolia, Persia, the Levant, Mesopotamia, and what is now Kuwait, Afghanistan, and parts of Pakistan and Turkmenistan.

The Seleucid Empire was a major center of Hellenistic culture that maintained the preeminence of Greek customs where a Greek political elite dominated, mostly in the urban areas. The Greek population of the cities who formed the dominant elite were reinforced by immigration from Greece. Seleucid expansion into Anatolia and Greece was abruptly halted after decisive defeats at the hands of the Roman army. Their attempts to defeat their old enemy Ptolemaic Egypt were frustrated by Roman demands. Having come into conflict with Chandragupta Maurya of the Maurya Empire, after several defeats, Seleucus entered into an agreement with Chandragupta Maurya where he ceded vast territory west of the Indus, including the Hindu Kush, modern day Afghanistan, and the Balochistan province of Pakistan and offered his daughter for marriage to the Emperor to formalize the alliance. Much of the eastern part of the empire was conquered by the Parthians under Mithridates I of Parthia in the mid-2nd century BC, yet the Seleucid kings continued to rule a rump state from Syria until the invasion by Armenian king Tigranes the Great and their ultimate overthrow by the Roman general Pompey.

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