, I Monophthalmus or II Gonatus, 306 - 270 B.C.
Unpublished in the references and not yet fully attributed, this is only the second specimen of this extremely and important known to . Both specimens were struck with the same die. & Mosch wrote of their specimen: "Troxell recorded a very issue of Alexandrine tetradrachms in the name of Gonatas (The Peloponnesian Alexanders, 17, 1971, 75-6, note 68), which through hoard evidence was conclusively proven to be struck at circa 272 (see R. W. , Gonatas and the Silver Coinages of Macedon circa 280-270 BC, 26, 1981, pp. 79-123, esp. p. 104). However, this unique has no controls that would explicitly tie it to the mint tetradrachms, and even more perplexing is the of the engraving, which is clearly dissimilar to the tetradrachms as well. One might suppose that it is in fact not a coin of Gonatas at all, but rather a hitherto unknown of his grandfather, Antigonos I Monophthalmos. However, this also does not sit well, again for reasons of , which is inconsistent with the period of Monophthalmos' reign. For the time being, therefore, this coin must remain a numismatic enigma until further evidence can shed additional light on it."
There are two auction records for the & Mosch specimen: Numismatics auction 7 (22 Mar 2014), lot 454, sold for £ 4,800 plus fees; and & Mosch auction 203 (5 Mar 2012), lot 150, sold for € 3,200 plus fees. Our coin sold at Gitbud & Naumann auction 16, (4 May 2014), lot 152, apparently slipping through unnoticed by all but our astute consignor for € 575 plus fees.SH71048. Silver , unpublished in refs; cf. Numismatics auction 7, lot 454 (same rev die) = & Mosch auction 203, lot 150, VF, struck a bit flat, 3.845 g, maximum 19.4 mm, 0o, uncertain or mint, 306 - 270 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOY, Zeus Aetophoros enthroned left, throne with high back, in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back; ex Gitbud & Naumann auction 16, lot 152; extremely , only two know specimens; $2020.00 (€1797.80)
, The Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime issue
Lifetime issue. This extremely was probably struck in 323 B.C., just before Alexander's death. This was unpublished prior to the 1993 Near East Hoard, there are no records of prior sales of the on Coin Archives, and this is one of only four specimens of the known to .SH75258. Silver , 5; 4 - 5 (2 spec.); p. 32, group E(?) or F(?) (3 examples known); -; -; -, VF, excellent centering, archaic , uneven , light marks, 4.163 g, maximum 17.6 mm, 0o, Amphipolis mint, struck under Antipater, c. 325 - 323 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY (curving along dot ), Zeus enthroned left, nude to the waist, around hips and legs, right leg forward, in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, upright laurel branch on left; extremely ; $850.00 (€756.50)
, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C.
This coin was struck under one of the Macedonian satraps in Babylon: , Dokimos, or Seleukos I. Perdiccas suspected of colluding in the theft of Alexander's corpse and, in 321 B.C., sent Dokimos to replace him. was defeated and died from battle wounds. Seleucus, made by Perdiccas rival Antipater, arrived in Babylon in October or November 320 B.C. and defeated Dokimos.SH73195. Silver , 3697, 1542, -, VF, 17.067 g, maximum 28.5 mm, 135o, Babylon mint, , Dokimos, or Seleukos I, c. 323 - 317 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, in right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, of facing on left, KY under throne; ; $600.00 (€534.00)
, Kassander, as Regent, 317-305 B.C., or , 305-297 B.C.
When Antipater transferred the regency of Macedon to Polyperchon, Kassander rejected his father's decision, obtained support from , Ptolemy and , defeated Polyperchon, and in 317 B.C. declared himself Regent. After had Philip III assassinated later that year, Kassander besieged her in Pydna. The city fell two years later, was killed, and Alexander IV and Roxanne were imprisoned. To associate himself with the Argead dynasty Kassander married Alexander's half-sister, . About 310 B.C. he had Alexander IV and Roxanne poisoned. Kassander proclaimed himself in 305 B.C. After was killed at the Battle of Ipsus in 301 B.C., Kassander held undisputed rule of . He had little time to savoir the fact, dying of dropsy in 297 B.C.SH76104. Silver , 304, 441 var. (r. leg drawn back), 700 var. (same), 523 var. (different throne ), VF, , , bumps and marks, 16.974 g, maximum 24.4 mm, 90o, Amphipolis mint, c. 315 - 294 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, nude to the waist, around hips and legs, in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, right leg forward (lifetime ), Λover T over torch in left , HΓ under throne; $600.00 (€534.00)
, The Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime issue
Lifetime issue. Alexander the Great passed through Tarsos, , with his armies in 333 B.C. Darius' confidence increased, because Alexander spent so much time there, which he imputed to cowardice. In truth, Alexander had fallen seriously ill after bathing in the exceedingly cold river Cydnus. No physician would treat him, they thought his case so desperate, and his recovery unlikely. They feared the punishment for failure. Finally, Philip, the Acarnanian, relying on his own well-known friendship for Alexander, resolved to try. At this very time, Alexander received a letter, warning him that Philip had been bribed by Darius to kill him, with great sums of money, and a promise of his daughter in marriage. After Alexander read the letter, he put it under his pillow, without showing it to anyone. When Philip came in with the potion, Alexander drank it with great cheerfulness and assurance, at the same time giving Philip the letter to read. Alexander's looks were cheerful and open, to show his kindness to and confidence in his physician, while Philip was full of surprise and alarm at the accusation, appealing to the gods to witness his innocence, sometimes lifting up his to heaven, and then throwing himself down by the bedside, and beseeching Alexander to lay aside all fear, and follow his directions without apprehension. The medicine worked so strongly at first that at first Alexander lost his speech, and falling into a swoon, had any sense or pulse left. However, after a short time, his health and strength returned, and he showed himself in public to the Macedonians, who had been in continual fear until they saw him again.SH79741. Silver , 2993, 1291, 3, VF, high relief, attractive , light marks, tight thick, 17.104 g, maximum 25.2 mm, 0o, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, c. 333 - 327 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, throne without back, right leg forward (archaic lifetime ), in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, A under throne; $600.00 (€534.00)
, The Great, 336 - 323 B.C.
Struck during the lifetime of Alexander the Great or very soon after.
SH79674. Silver , 83, 181, Issue E4, Hoard 536 - 578, 673, Reattribution 31, 21, gVF, centered, , 17.156 g, maximum 25.8 mm, Amphipolis(?) mint, struck under Antipater, c. 325 - 323/2 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, throne without back and two leg struts, right leg forward (archaic lifetime ), in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, TE lower left, concave ; Obolos (by Nomos) auction 3, lot 120; ex a Swiss collection formed prior to 2005; $520.00 (€462.80)
, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C., Struck in the Name of Philip
coin types remained prominent in the northern regions of the long after his death. This coin was struck after Alexander's death when the kingdom was nominally ruled by Alexander's mentally disabled half-brother Philip III Arrhidaeus, son of and Philinna, and Alexander IV, the great conqueror's young son. The two were made joint kings by Alexander's generals who only used them as pawns. Philip III was imprisoned upon his return to , and in 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from . Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by the boy's regent, Kassander, in 311 B.C.GS75190. Silver , 507/503 var. (D270/R414, unlisted die combination), 441, 111, -, -, -, VF, , , some horn silver, slightly off center, 13.952 g, maximum 25.7 mm, 270o, mint, c. 323 - 317 B.C.; laureate of Zeus right; ΦIΛIΠΠ−OY, youth on horseback right, holding frond, bee right (control symbol) below; struck under Antipater, Polyperchon, or Kassander; $450.00 (€400.50)
, Antigonos I Monophthalmos, 320 - 306 B.C., In the Name and Types of Alexander the Great
Antigonos I Monophthalmos ("the One-eyed") was a nobleman and (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 in 306 B.C. The most powerful satraps of the empire, Cassander, Seleucus, Ptolemy and , answered by also proclaiming themselves kings. 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.SH79282. Silver , cf. 2646 ff., 368, gVF, excellent , well struck on a , off center, light marks and corrosion, 16.729 g, maximum 26.6 mm, 90o, , Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, as of , 318 - 315 B.D.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to waist, around waist and legs, right foot drawn back, in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left, Γ left, A under throne; nothing ( 2646), a ( 2647), or an ivy leaf ( 2649A) in ; Naville Numismatics Ltd., auction 18, lot 29; $320.00 (€284.80)
, Philip III & Alexander IV - , c. 323 - 280 B.C., In the Name of Alexander
Struck posthumously in the name of Alexander the Great. Born a leader, his and charisma led the Macedonian army to create an empire covering most of the then-known world, from to India. Alexander's reign begins the Hellenistic Age, a time when civilization flourished. He was regarded as god and his fame grew even greater after his premature death at thirty-two.GS75177. Silver , 2798A, 449, -, gVF, some , slight double strike on , 4.414 g, maximum 18.6 mm, 0o, uncertain Anatolian mint, 323 - 280 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus seated left on backless throne, nude to waist, around hips and legs, in right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, swimming downward (control symbol) on left, H (control letter) under throne; ex Pecunem Gitbud & Naumann auction 26 (14 Dec 2014), lot 110; extremely ; $280.00 (€249.20)
, II Gonatas, 277 - 239 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great
Most people expect the crests on ancient helmets to strictly run from front to back. Officer's helmets, however, frequently had a crest running from ear to ear, as on the helmet used as a control symbol on the of this coin. The two ear flaps dangle below the and visor of the helmet. SH75314. Silver , 618 (same die); , Administrative VI.1, die A1; 629; 233; -, -, VF, centered, golden , , light scratches and marks, lamination defect on , 16.793 g, maximum 28.4 mm, 90o, (or Amphipolis?) mint, c. 275 - 270 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, in right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, crested Macedonian officer's helmet facing on left, ΠAP under seat strut, KE in ; ex CNG auction 349, lot 35; $250.00 (€222.50)
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