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Kings of Macedon, Alexander III the Great, 336-323 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Amphipolis Mint under Antipater
Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress.
AΛEΞANΔPOY Zeus AŽtophoros seated left; janiform head vase in left field. Graffiti in upper left field - Aramaic kaph (k) and sadhe (s).

Price 6; Troxell, Studies, Issue A3; SNG Cop 660; Muller 853.
Struck at Amphipolis in the period 332-329 BC.

(29 mm, 17.15 g, 2h)

This is one of the first emissions of Alexanderís coinage struck in his homeland, albeit about three years after he departed for Asia Minor. Recent scholarship places the start of Alexanderís distinctive coinage in 333/2 BC at Tarsos, in eastern Asia Minor, shortly after which the design was transferred to Macedonia where Alexanderís coinage was struck under the authority of his regent in Greece, Antipater. Die studies indicate that this coin was from the fourth tetradrachm emission of a mint in Macedonia, most probably Amphipolis. It was most probably struck in the period 332-329 BC. The Aramaic graffiti on the reverse, plus the obverse reverse rim test cut are pointers to the likelihood that this coin travelled beyond its location of issue in Macedonia, into the eastern Mediterranean where Aramaic was the main spoken language.
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Jay GT4  [Apr 04, 2015 at 01:24 AM]
Excellent piece!
Sam  [Apr 16, 2016 at 01:31 PM]
Simply spectacular !
orfew  [Mar 18, 2017 at 04:11 PM]
Wonderful coin!