SEVEN BRONZE COINS OF THE DIADOCHI
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The Diadochi (“The Successors”) were the generals who succeeded Alexander the Great after his death. This was by no means a peaceful transition with the Wars of the Diadochi being waged almost unceasingly from 322-275 BCE. During this time Alexander's generals fought among themselves in an attempt to conquer and hold pieces of Alexander's former empire while simultaneously cementing the legitimacy of their own dynasties. Ultimately, this period of turmoil ended with the establishment of three dynasties: the Seleucids, founded by Seleucus I; the Ptolemies, founded by Ptolemy I; and the Antigonids, founded by Antigonus I. The Antigonid dynasty never reached the heights of its counterparts, being limited primarily to Macedonia and surviving with varying degrees of success until the early 2nd Century BCE. The Seleucids and the Ptolemies, however, would go on to be two of the most remembered and formidable dynasties of the Hellenistic Era, surviving until 63 BCE and 30 BCE, respectively when they were both defeated by Rome.
Obverse: Busts of the ruling family or deities.
Reverse: Various. Including Ptolemaic eagles, galley stern and deities.
Weight: 5.22-15.99 g; Diameter: 18.2-27.4 mm
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