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Macedonia, Alexander III The Great Tetradrachm, c. 325-320 BC
AR Tetradrachm, 17.190g

Obv: Bust of Alexander as Herakles r., wearing lion-skin headdress.

Rx: Zeus seated l. on throne; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ in exergue, AΛEΧANΔΡOY in r. field; wreath in l. field, ΔΙ beneath throne

References: Price-2949

Mint: Side

ex Harlan J. Berk
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Steve E  [Jun 12, 2012 at 09:28 PM]
Indeed, an excellent portrait! The rev. is great too!
Lloyd T  [Jun 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM]
Extremely nice example of the earliest output from Side mint (Price 2949).

The portrayal of Zeus on these early Side issues is interesting in that it is more refined and less awkward than the earlier parallel leg issues of other mints, while the placement of the torso more closely resembles that of the later crossed leg style. Almost a transitional style, it is evident that the engraver was seeking a more natural portrayal of the seated god.

You may want to check the Price 240 reference - it seems out of place being a reference to a Pella tetradrachm issue with completely different mint controls. - a typo?
David Atherton  [Jun 12, 2012 at 11:17 PM]
Fantastic coin!
Mark Z  [Jun 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM]
Beautiful! I especially like his eyes
Jay GT4  [Jun 13, 2012 at 01:09 AM]
Spectacular!
Lloyd T  [Jun 13, 2012 at 03:26 AM]
Look into my eye - you are feeling sleepy...you will now remove your wallet... Happens to the best us. Great coin, even if your wallet is a lot lighter!
cicerokid  [Jun 13, 2012 at 06:07 AM]
Absolutely stunning, great artistic quality