Babylon — A settlement in Babylonia
Babylon was a key city and kingdom in ancient Mesopotamia from the 18th to 6th centuries BC. The city was built on the Euphrates river and divided in equal parts along its left and right banks, with steep embankments to contain the river's seasonal floods. Babylon was originally a small Akkadian town dating from the period of the Akkadian Empire c. 2300 BC.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, although a number of scholars believe these were actually in the Assyrian capital of Nineveh. After the fall of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, the city came under the rule of the Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, Roman, and Sassanid empires.

It has been estimated that Babylon was the largest city in the world from c. 1770 – c. 1670 BC, and again between c. 612 – c. 320 BC. It was perhaps the first city to reach a population above 200,000.

Modern location: Ruins
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An AR Tetradrachm struck 324-323 BC in Babylon
Obverse: head of young Herakles right wearing lion's skin

Reverse: Zeus seated left, leaning on scepter, holding eagle; kerykeion in left field; AΛEΞANΔPOY (HΦΛ) / M

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under Stamenes or Archon After Mazaeus died in 328 B.C., Alexander appointed Stamenes as satrap of Babylon. Little is known about him, other than he probably died of natural causes around 323 B.C. when Archon of Pella replaced him. Perdiccas suspected Archon of colluding in the theft of Alexander's corpse and, in 321 B.C., sent Dokimos to replace him. Archon was defeated and died from battle wounds."
Price 3627
(2) Alexander III | Antigones I
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An AR Tetradrachm struck 315-311 BC in Babylon
Obverse: Head of young Heracles in lionskin right

Reverse: Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter monogram in wreath: (HYP); monogram under throne: (XA) AΛEΞANΔPOY / BAΣIΛEΩΣ

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Weight: 17.1 g
Antigonos I Monophtalamos in the name of Alexander III, struck by Peithon
Price 3723
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An AR Tetradrachm struck c. 323-317 BC in Babylon
Obverse: Alexander III depicted as Heracles facing right, wearing the Nemean lion skin as a headdress

Reverse: Zeus seated on throne holding an eagle and scepter, wheel to left, monogram below throne, Greek text to right (ΦΙΛΙΠΠOY) and below throne (ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ)

Diameter: 26 mm
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Weight: 17.15 g
Text below throne is mostly off of the flan
Price P200
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An AR Tetradrachm struck 311-300 BC in Babylon
Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin

Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; monogram in wreath in left field, HP monogram below throne.

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Struck in the name of Alexander III of Macedon, circa 311-300 BC
SC 82.5a; Price 3746.