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Uncertain Eastern, c. 3rd - 2nd Century B.C., In the Name and Types of Alexander III
Many Greek cities across what was once Alexander's empire struck Alexander tetradrachms as civic coinage, even centuries after the death of the great conqueror. Similarly, peoples on the fringes of the Greek world also struck Alexander tetradrachms; sometimes with unusual or bizarre style, and often with illiterate blundered inscriptions. These coins are often described as "barbaric." We can attribute some of these imitative types to specific places or tribes. Other coins, such as this one, are a mystery.
GS82716. Silver tetradrachm
, cf. Price
B36 ff. (barbarous, uncertain prototypes), VF, very high relief, toned
, tight flan
, porous, uncertain (tribal?) mint, weight
15.001g, maximum diameter
25.0mm, die axis
, c. 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.; obverse head
of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion
skin headdress; reverse
Zeus AŽtophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to the waist, himation
around hips and legs, eagle
in extended right hand, long scepter
vertical behind in left hand, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward on right, monogram
lower left(?); rare
$225.00 SALE PRICE $203.00
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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