Ancient Coinage of Seleucia, Achaios


Achaios was a cousin of Seleukos III and Antiochos III. When Seleukos III was assassinated, Achaeus at first refused the crown, being content with the authority over Asia Minor that he received from the new king, Antiochos III. In 220 BC Achaios proclaimed himself King in Laodikeia, Phrygia, egged on by the Egyptian prime minister. He was captured and put to death in an awful manner by Antiochos III in 214 BC. Achaios struck one gold, one silver and several bronze coins, all at Sardes.
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SNG Spaer 835Achaios, Seleukid usurper, 220-214 BC. AE17, 6.4 g. Head of Apollo right, hair in formal curls. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ AXAIOY, Eagle standing right, wings closed, palm branch over shoulder. SNG Israel 835; Houghton SC 955.1a; Newell WSM, 1441; Houghton Collection 609; Sear Greece 6962; Hoover HGC 9/435. TextImage
SC Ad199Seleucid Kingdom, Achaeus AR Tetradrachm. 220-214 BC. Sardes mint. Diademed, draped bust of Achaeus right, with short, curly beard / BAΣIΛEΩΣ AXAIOY, Athena Promachos, viewed from behind, walking left, brandishing spear in raised right hand & holding shield with anchor device on left arm, horse's head left in inner left field. Commerce tetradrachm hoard 74; Houghton SC Addenda Ad199. TextImage
SC Ad204Achaeus, 220-214 BC, AE18, (4.1g) Sardes Mint, Laureate head of Zeus right. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ AXAIOY, above (around) eagle with open wings, standing facing on wreath. Houghton SC Addenda 204. TextImage
WSM 1447Achaios, Seleukid Kingdom, AE18, Sardes mint, 220-214 BC. 3.79 g. Laureate head of Apollo right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ AXAIOY, Eagle standing right, with palm branch over left shoulder. Newell, WSM 1447; SC 955.1b.TextImage
Sear #6963Achaios, Seleukid Kingdom, 220-214 BC. AE17. Laureate head of Apollo right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ AXAIOY, eagle standing right. TextObv-Rev
Sear 6968Seleukid Kingdom, Achaeus (220-214 BC) AE15. Sardes Mint. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair in formal curls / BAΣIΛEΩΣ AXAIOY, eagle standing right on wreath. SNGIs 834.TextObv-Rev
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