Seleucid Coins, a Comprehensive Catalog.
Part 1: Seleucus I – Antiochus
Houghton, Arthur and Lorber, Catharine.
(Classical Numismatic Group,
Lancaster, PA, 2003).
Winner of the 2003, IAPN Book of
the Year Award.
Seleucid Coins represents the culmination of more than a
decade of research and examination of material from major
private and public collections, excavations in source countries,
public sales catalogs and the coin market. Seleucid Coins,
Part I, lists reign-by-reign and mint-by-mint, the totality of
known coins of the Seleucid kings of Asia from the dynasty’s
founding by Seleucus I Nicator in 313/2 B.C. to the death of
Antiochus III (The Great) in 187. The book is profusely
illustrated, showing on nearly one hundred plates examples of
virtually every coin denomination and type, of every mint in
Seleucid Coins is designed for those newly interested in
the field as well as for those with special interests in the
disciplines of numismatics, archaeology, history, and art
history. It is organized to allow the easy identification of
individual coins, while at the same time providing great depth
of history and interpretation of the material. Scholars will
benefit from the book’s encompassing scope, including its
commentary on history, principal coinages and iconography, its
extended discussions of attributions and mint history, its
comprehensive listing of relevant hoards, its indexes of types
and surveys of coinage production by ruler and mint, and its
special appendix of metrology with tables by Brian Kritt.
Professional numismatists and collectors will benefit from the
ease of access to coins that appear frequently on the market as
well as those of very great rarity.
Seleucid Coins will stand long into the future as an
essential reference to a major field of Greek numismatics.
Seleucid Coins, Part II: Seleucus IV - Antiochus XIII,
is expected to follow in 2006.
of the Seleucid Empire from the collection of Arthur Houghton
(ANS, ACNAC 4, New York, 1983).
1,323 coins described and
illustrated. 122 pages, 77 plates. Orange cloth.