, 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Unpublished in the references and not yet fully attributed, this is only the second specimen of this extremely and important known to .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. Gorny & 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 Gorny & Mosch specimen: Numismatics auction 7 (22 Mar 2014), lot 454, sold for £ 4,800 plus fees; and Gorny & 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 Silver , unpublished in refs; cf.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) = Gorny & 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 right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOY, Zeus Aetophoros enthroned left, throne with high back, in extended right, long vertical behind in left, right leg drawn back; ex Gitbud & Naumann auction 16, lot 152; extremely , only two know specimens; $2500.00 (€2200.00)
, Kassander, as Regent, 317 - 305 B.C., In the Name and Types of
Antipater's son but not his heir, Kassander seized power. He had no intention of surrendering rule to Alexander's son, who was to be when he came of age. In 311 B.C., Kassander had Alexander's young son and the boy's mother, Roxane, murdered. In 305 B.C., he declared himself of . SH75805. Silver , 760 (same dies); pl. 47, 1; 331; -; -; -, VF, attractive , light , bumps and marks, 14.306 g, maximum 23.5 mm, 0o, Amphipolis mint, c. 315 - 307 B.C.; laureate of Zeus right; ΦIΛIΠΠOY, naked youth on horse pacing right holding , Λ over under horse's belly, E under foreleg; $800.00 (€704.00)
, Philip III 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 right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, in right, long vertical behind in left, right leg drawn back, of facing on left, KY under throne; ; $700.00 (€616.00)
, Ptolemy I, as in , 323 - 305 B.C.
Ptolemy Lagides was a Macedonian general who, after Alexander's death, became the of under the nominal kings Philip III Arrhidaeus and the infant Alexander IV. By custom, kings in asserted their right to the throne by burying their predecessor. Probably because he wanted to preempt Perdiccas, the imperial regent, from staking his claim in this way, Ptolemy took stole the body of Alexander. Ptolemy then openly joined the coalition against Perdiccas. Thus began the long series of wars between the , Alexander's successors. In 305, Ptolemy took the titles and pharaoh, founding the Ptolemaic Kingdom and Ptolemaic Dynasty.GP72061. Bronze , 172 (as ); p. 8, 62 (295 - 284, ); 36; 5; 21; -; -, VF, , red and brown , 4.503 g, maximum 18.5 mm, 315o, mint, 310 - 305 B.C.; diademed and horned of deified Alexander the Great right; ΠTOΛEMAIOY (no title, upward on left), standing left on thunderbolt, left, wings open, above helmet on left; ex ; ; $330.00 (€290.40)
, 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 obv. die); , Administrative VI.1, obv. die A1; 629; 233; -, -, VF, centered, golden , test cut, light scratches and marks, lamination defect on , 16.793 g, maximum 28.4 mm, 90o, (or Amphipolis?) mint, c. 275 - 270 B.C.; of right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, in right, long vertical behind in left, crested Macedonian officer's helmet facing on left, ΠAP under seat strut, KE in ; ex CNG auction 349, lot 35; $280.00 (€246.40)
, Philip III Arrhidaeus, 323 - 317 B.C.
Minted shortly after Alexander's death, under the rule his brother, Philip III Arrhidaeus. Philip III was mentally disabled and power was divided among his advisers and Alexander's generals. Philip was murdered in October 317 by , Alexander's mother, to ensure the succession of her grandson.SH75320. Silver , P43, P50, 938, aEF, some die wear, 4.238 g, maximum 18.1 mm, 0o, , Kolophon mint, c. 323 - c. 319 B.C.; of right, wearing scalp headdress; ΦIΛIΠΠOY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to the waist, around hips and legs, right foot drawn back, feet on footstool, in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left, left; ex (2005); $225.00 (€198.00)
, , , c. 344 - 300 B.C.
After 344, fell under Macedonian rule. The horse was an appropriate symbol of , a land of plains, which was well-known for its horses.SH59930. Bronze , 329, 278, -, -, BMC -, VF, 8.663 g, maximum 21.1 mm, 180o, mint, c. 344 - 300 B.C.; of the nymph facing slighly left, wearing necklace, drop earrings, and ; ΛAPI−Σ/AIΩN, bridled horse trotting right without rider, trident below pointing upwards and left; ; $215.00 (€189.20)
, Philip V, 221 - 179 B.C.
Philip's reign was principally marked by an unsuccessful struggle against the emerging power of Rome. Philip was attractive and charismatic as a young man. A dashing and courageous warrior, he was inevitably compared to Alexander the Great and was nicknamed the darling of all . -- , the free encyclopediaGB90418. Bronze AE 23, 1146 ff., 1071, 229, -, F, 9.105 g, maximum 22.5 mm, 0o, Macedonian mint, 221 - 179 B.C.; laureate of Zeus right; standing left, brandishing javelin in right, in left, B − A (BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Alexander) flanking below arms, IΠ center right , Φ - I (Philip) flanking at feet; ; $180.00 (€158.40)
, I Monophthalmus, 323 - 301 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great
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 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. -- , the free encyclopediaSH73070. Silver , 1813, 262, VF, porous, a little flatly struck, 3.875 g, maximum 17.2 mm, 315o, Kolophon mint, c. 310 - 301 B.C.; of right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, in extended right, long vertical behind in left, long vertical behind in left, right leg drawn back, crescent horns left in left , Π under throne; $180.00 (€158.40)
Barbaric Imitative with Types and In the Name of Alexander the Great, c. 223 - 200 B.C.
This barbaric Alexandrine , imitative of early issues from the Amphipolis mint, is usually identified in sales catalog listings as Eastern . It is not, however, listed in the major Eastern coin references, so presumably it is not ordinarily found in Bulgaria or Romania. We know of one example from the same dies that was found in Jordan.CE75897. Silver , B6, 108 - 121, -, -, -; imitative of types struck at Amphipolis, F, porous, uneven , 16.450 g, maximum 26.2 mm, 0o, uncertain (Middle Eastern?) tribal mint, c. 223 - 200 B.C.; of right, clad in skin headdress; AΛEΞAN∆POY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus enthroned left, throne without back, right leg forward (archaic lifetime ), in extended right, long vertical behind in left; $175.00 (€154.00)
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