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Alexander III
Alexander III AR Tetradrachm. ‘Amphipolis’ mint. Struck under Kassander, circa 316-314 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; shield in left field, pellet-in-Π below throne. 17.1 g.

Price 136; Troxell, Studies, issue L8.

Thanks for the atribution Lloyd!


Most lifetime issues of Alexander the Great were usualy bulky/thick, which did not alow for the entire design of the die to imprint on the coin. IMO looked better then the wide thin flan. (edit: though this one is Struck under Kassander)

The coin was hand stuck with a die/avil. Dies were usually made of Bronze because it was sofeter and easier to work with then iron, (though some were made of iron as well) then the was anealed to make it stronger and less brittle.

The planchets were made by pouring molten metal into a mold and saved until needed. When it was ready to be used, they heated it just below melting point and placed it between the dies and the punch die was struck with a hammer.


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"Building upon his father's success in Greece, Alexander III (Alexander the Great, reigned 336-323 BC) set about the conquest of the Achaemenid Persian Empire. By the time of his death at the age of 31, he ruled most of the known world from Greece to Afghanistan. Initially Alexander continued to mint Philip's gold and silver coins. Soon, however, the need for a silver coinage that could be widely used in Greece caused him to begin a new coinage on the Athenian weight-standard. His new silver coins, with the head of Herakles on one side and a seated figure of Zeus on the other, also became one of the staple coinages of the Greek world. They were widely imitated within the empire he had forged."

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"......Alexander seems to have liked Amphipolis, because one of his last plans was to spend no less than 315 ton silver for a splendid new temple in the city that was to be dedicated to Artemis Tauropolus. It was never built, but after Alexander's death on 11 June 323 in Babylon, his wife queen Roxane settled in Amphipolis, which appears to have become one of the residences of the Macedonian royals. In 179, king Philip V died in the town."


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Amphipolis , ancient city of Macedonia, on the Strymon (Struma) River near the sea and NE of later Thessaloníki. The place was known as Ennea Hodoi [nine ways] before it was settled and was of interest because of the gold and silver and timber of Mt. Pangaeus (Pangaion), to which it gave access. Athenian colonists were driven out (c.464 BC) by Thracians, but a colony was established in 437 BC Amphipolis became one of the major Greek cities on the N Aegean. This colony was captured by Sparta, and Brasidas and Cleon were both killed in a battle there in 422 BC After it was returned to Athens in 421 BC, it actually had virtual independence until captured (357 BC) by Philip II of Macedon. He had promised to restore it to Athens, and his retention of Amphipolis was a major cause of the war with Athens. In 148 BC it became the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia. Paul, Silas, and Timothy passed through Amphipolis (Acts 17.1). Nearby is the modern Greek village of Amfípolis."

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"A quick look at the WildWinds database( http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/greece/macedonia/kings/alexander_III/t.html ) indicates that the style and monograms are consistent with an Amphipolis issue, with perhaps a little less care than usual in the engraving of the reverse. The closest I could locate with a quick look is Price 133 (variant), although yours appears to have a shield rather than dolphin in the left field reverse."
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TIVS  [Feb 26, 2009 at 10:43 PM]
An Awesome coin!
mihali84  [Sep 04, 2009 at 10:20 PM]
"with perhaps a little less care than usual in the engraving of the reverse."...much like my Alexander Tet from Amphipolis. Nice coin, i too like the bulky tight flan rather than the thin wide flan.
Titus Pullo  [Nov 06, 2009 at 11:53 AM]
I'm really liking these Tet's. Nice one!
Enodia  [Nov 14, 2009 at 07:29 PM]
a very nice tet... congratulations!
Nikos K  [Dec 11, 2009 at 08:42 AM]
very good!
Noah  [Jan 01, 2010 at 10:55 AM]
Awesome coin indeed...magnificent toning...this is my favorite coin of yours!
Tibsi  [May 03, 2010 at 04:41 AM]
Nice coin with regular shape!
Jaimelai  [May 04, 2010 at 09:34 PM]
Very nice!
Dino  [Jun 02, 2010 at 06:33 PM]
What a wonderful obverse.
rover1.3  [Jun 26, 2010 at 06:35 AM]
Great coin! Very beautiful
rexesq  [Jul 09, 2010 at 07:38 AM]
Great detail. Envious....
Lloyd T  [Jul 02, 2011 at 11:41 PM]
An example of Price 136; Troxell, Studies, issue L8. Refer CNG 232 Lot 282 for more details (...)
Randygeki(h2)  [Jul 03, 2011 at 04:24 AM]
Thanks!!
Avita  [Jul 31, 2011 at 05:14 PM]
Great one !
Dk0311USMC  [Aug 27, 2011 at 05:23 PM]
I give it a 10. Awesome!
Pedja R  [Sep 03, 2011 at 04:52 AM]
wow, I envy you!!