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Home > Catalog > Greek Coins > Hellenistic Monarchies > Macedonian Kingdom > GS87631
Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander IV, c. 323 - 311 B.C.
Struck after Alexander's death, under either Perdikkas or Antipater, regents during the joint reign of Alexander's mentally disabled half-brother, Philip III, and Alexander's infant son, Alexander IV. Philip was the bastard son of Philip II and a dancer, Philinna of Larissa. Alexander the Great's mother, Olympias, allegedly poisoned her stepson Philip III as a child, leaving him mentally disabled, eliminating him as a rival to Alexander. Neither Philip III nor Alexander IV was capable of actual rule. Both were selected only to serve as pawns. The regents held power, while Philip III was actually imprisoned. In 317, Olympias had Philip murdered to ensure the succession of her grandson. But Alexander IV would never rule. In 311 B.C., he and his mother Roxana were executed by the regent Kassander.
GS87631. Silver tetradrachm, Price 133; MŁller Alexander 542; SNG Alpha Bank 514; SNG Saroglos 253; SNG Cop 688; SNG MŁnchen 293; Ehrhardt Amphipolis 15, VF, excellent centering, light rose toning, light bumps and marks, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, weight 16.960g, maximum diameter 26.4mm, die axis 90o, c. 316 - c. 311 A.D.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse Zeus AŽtophoros seated left on throne without back, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward behind, dolphin head down left, Πo under throne; $340.00











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