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Alexander III The Great, Macedonian Kingdom, 336 - 323 B.C.

Alexander the Great is arguably the most famous man of antiquity. Born a leader, his genius and charisma led the Macedonian Army across the world creating an empire that covered most of the then-known world, from Greece to India. He was regarded as a god and his fame grew even greater after his premature death at thirty-three. His reign marks the beginning of the Hellenistic Age, a time when almost every aspect of human civilization flourished. His coinage is highly complex, struck in cities all over the ancient map and spanning over two hundred years. The representative types are the silver tetradrachms and drachms depicting an idealized portrait of Alexander in the guise of the mythical hero Heracles, and his gold staters depicting Athena.Map of Alexander's Empire


Macedonian Kingdom, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, 323 - 301 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

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Antigonos I Monophthalmos ("the One-eyed") (382 B.C. - 301 B.C.) was a nobleman, general, and governor under Alexander the Great. Upon Alexander's death in 323 B.C., he established himself as one of the successors and declared himself King in 306 B.C. The most powerful satraps of the empire, Cassander, Seleucus, Ptolemy, and Lysimachus, answered by also proclaiming themselves kings. Antigonus found himself at war with all four, largely because his territory shared borders with all of them. He died in battle at Ipsus in 301 B.C. Antigonus' kingdom was divided up, with Seleucus I Nicator gaining the most. His son, Demetrius I Poliorcetes, took Macedon, which the family held, off and on, until it was conquered by Rome in 168 B.C. -- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
GS76147. Silver drachm, Price 1801, Müller Alexander 1336, SNG Alpha Bank 613, SNG Saroglos 1743, SNG Munchen -, Choice gVF, attractive type, dark toning, bumps and marks, weight 4.207 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Ionia, Kolophon (near Degirmendere Fev, Turkey) mint, c. 310 - c. 301 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, B left, N under throne; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, 323 - 301 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

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Antigonos I Monophthalmos ("the One-eyed") (382 B.C. - 301 B.C.) was a nobleman, general, and governor under Alexander the Great. Upon Alexander's death in 323 B.C., he established himself as one of the successors and declared himself King in 306 B.C. The most powerful satraps of the empire, Cassander, Seleucus, Ptolemy, and Lysimachus, answered by also proclaiming themselves kings. Antigonus found himself at war with all four, largely because his territory shared borders with all of them. He died in battle at Ipsus in 301 B.C. Antigonus' kingdom was divided up, with Seleucus I Nicator gaining the most. His son, Demetrius I Poliorcetes, took Macedon, which the family held, off and on, until it was conquered by Rome in 168 B.C. --
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GS76148. Silver drachm, ADM II Series XII, Price 1551, Müller Alexander 189, Prokesch-Osten II 72, SNG Berry 228, SNG Cop 970, SNG Munchen 484, SNG Alpha Bank -, VF, attractive style, toned, centered on a tight flan, weight 4.191 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Troas, Abydos mint, c. 310 - 309 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus seated left on throne without back, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, horned head of Zeus Ammon right in right field, ivy leaf under throne; $155.00 SALE PRICE $140.00
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great, 336 - 323 B.C.

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Issued during lifetime of Alexander the Great.
GB84519. Bronze AE 18, Price 337, Müller Alexander 1558, SNG Manchester 716, SNG Cop -, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Saroglos -, SNG München -, aVF, dark green patina, well centered on a tight flan, earthen deposits, porosity, light marks and scratches, weight 6.376 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Macedonian mint, c. 327 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, bow inside bow case above, club over AΛ and round shield below; rare; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great, 336 - 323 B.C.

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Alexander the Great lifetime issue, struck under Menes or Philotas, c. 327 - 323 B.C.
GB84520. Bronze AE 19, Price 3029, Müller Alexander 1539, SNG Mün 915, SNG Saroglos 859, SNG Cop 1058 corr. (leaf vice grapes in error), SNG Alpha Bank -, Newell Tarsos -, gF, dark green patina, red earthen highlighting, porous, light corrosion, pin-prick pitting, weight 6.460 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Cilicia, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, struck under Menes or Philotas, c. 327 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse bow inside bow case, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward, club, bunch of grapes over Θ right; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, 323 - 301 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

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Antigonos I Monophthalmos ("the One-eyed") (382 B.C. - 301 B.C.) was a nobleman, general, and governor under Alexander the Great. Upon Alexander's death in 323 B.C., he established himself as one of the successors and declared himself King in 306 B.C. The most powerful satraps of the empire, Cassander, Seleucus, Ptolemy, and Lysimachus, answered by also proclaiming themselves kings. Antigonus found himself at war with all four, largely because his territory shared borders with all of them. He died in battle at Ipsus in 301 B.C. Antigonus' kingdom was divided up, with Seleucus I Nicator gaining the most. His son, Demetrius I Poliorcetes, took Macedon, which the family held, off and on, until it was conquered by Rome in 168 B.C. -- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
GS84664. Silver drachm, Price 1382, Müller Alexander 612, SNG Cop 887, SNG Alpha Bank 578, SNG Saroglos 705, ADM II series X, SNG Munchen -, VF/gF, nice style, well centered on a tight flan, toned, reverse double struck, scratches and marks, some porosity, weight 4.094 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, Mysia, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, c. 310 - 301 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus seated left on backless throne, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, lotus tipped long scepter vertical in left hand, forepart of Pegasos left, No monogram under throne; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00
 


Miletos, Ionia, c. 295 - 275 B.C., In the Name and Types of Alexander the Great

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In 295 B.C. Demetrius Poliorcetes, son of Antigonus, ruled the Macedonian Kingdom and was the eponymous archon (stephanephorus) of Miletos. The city was also allied with Ptolemy I Soter of Egypt. Demetrius, however, failed to maintain his possessions and Lysimachus took control in the region. Nicocles of Sido, the commander of the Demetrius' fleet, surrendered Miletos. Lysimachus imposed high taxes which forced Miletus to resort to borrowing. Lysimachus dominated until 281 B.C., when he was defeated by Seleucus. In 280/279 B.C. the Milesians adopted the Seleucid era and the eponymous archon (stephanephorus) was Antiochus I, the successor of Seleucus. The following year, Ptolemy II made a large donation of land to the city; some years later he was honored through a resolution, which affirmed his friendship and alliance with the city. Miletus remained in the league of the Ptolemies until the end of the century.
GS76137. Silver drachm, Price 2151, Müller Alexander 1057, SNG Berry 256, SNG Alpha Bank 635, SNG Saroglos 779, SNG München 591, VF, well centered and struck, toned, light corrosion, weight 3.964 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, c. 295 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right foot drawn back, eagle in right hand, long scepter in left hand, MI monogram left; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C.

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Struck after Alexander the Great's death during the joint reign of Philip III, Alexander's brother, and the infant king Alexander IV, Alexander's son with the Bactrian princess Roxana. The two were made joint kings by Alexander's generals who only intended to use them as pawns. Philip III was imprisoned upon his return to Macedonia, and in 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from Olympias. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by the boy's regent, Kassander, in 311 B.C. Magnesia also struck nearly identical drachms during this period in the name of Philip. Traditionally coins naming Alexander have been attributed to Alexander III the Great, but the Alexander named on this coin was more likely the infant son of Roxana, Alexander IV.
GS76141. Silver drachm, Price 1936, SNG Cop 953, SNG Munchen 547, SNG Saroglos 762, Thompson-Bellinger Magnesia 9, SNG Alpha Bank -, Müller Alexander -, VF, toned, centered, nice style, die wear, reverse die cracks, some light marks, weight 4.187 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 45o, Magnesia ad Maeandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, struck under Menander or Kleito, c. 323 - 319 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to waist, himation around waist and legs, feet on footstool, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, bee with head right on left, spear head pointed upward outer right; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, 323 - 301 B.C., In the Name of Alexander

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Antigonos I Monophthalmos ("the One-eyed") (382 B.C. - 301 B.C.) was a nobleman, general, and governor under Alexander the Great. Upon Alexander's death in 323 B.C., he established himself as one of the successors and declared himself King in 306 B.C. The most powerful satraps of the empire, Cassander, Seleucus, Ptolemy, and Lysimachus, answered by also proclaiming themselves kings. Antigonus found himself at war with all four, largely because his territory shared borders with all of them. He died in battle at Ipsus in 301 B.C. Antigonus' kingdom was divided up, with Seleucus I Nicator gaining the most. His son, Demetrius I Poliorcetes, took Macedonia, which the family held, off and on, until it was conquered by Rome in 168 B.C. -- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
GS76142. Silver drachm, Price 1959, Müller Alexander 785, SNG Cop 965, SNG München 555, SNG Saroglos -, SNG Alpha Bank -, VF, well centered and struck, toned, flan crack, bumps and marks, light corrosion, weight 3.947 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 0o, Ionia, Magnesia ad Maeandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, c. 319 - 305 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on a throne without back, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, ΠA monogram left, B outer right, AT monogram under throne; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C.

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Struck shortly after Alexander's death during the joint reign of Alexander's mentally disabled half-brother, Philip III, and Alexander's infant son with Roxana, Alexander IV. Kolophon also struck coins during this period in the name of Philip. Traditionally coins naming Alexander have been attributed to Alexander III the Great, but undoubtedly the Alexander named on this coin was the infant son of Roxana, Alexander IV. The two were made joint kings by Alexander's generals who only intended to use them as pawns. Philip III was imprisoned upon his return to Macedonia, and in 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from Olympias. Olympias was Alexander the Great's mother and Alexander IV's grandmother, but not Philip III's mother. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by the boy's regent, Kassander, in 311 B.C. The ruins of Kolophon, Ionia be found south of the town Degirmendere Fev in the Menderes district of Izmir Province, Turkey.
GS71651. Silver drachm, Price 1751, Müller Alexander 314, SNG Cop 947, SNG München 501, SNG Alpha Bank 605, SNG Saroglos 728, VF, well centered and struck, bumps and marks, weight 4.213 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Kolophon (near Degirmendere Fev, Turkey) mint, Menander or Kleitos, c. 323 - 319 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, feet on footstool, right foot drawn back, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, barley kernel under throne strut, spear-head upward outer right; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great, 336 - 323 B.C.

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Born a leader, his genius and charisma led the Macedonian army to create an empire covering most of the then-known world, from Greece to India. His reign begins the Hellenistic Age, a time when civilization flourished. He was regarded as a god and his fame grew even greater after his premature death at thirty-two.
GS75249. Silver drachm, cf. SGCV II 6730, F, toned, tight flan, some light marks and scratches, die wear, weight 4.209 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain mint, posthumous; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus seated left on throne without back, nude to waist, himation around hips and lets, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right foot drawn back, A(?) left; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00
 










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