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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
133; MŁller Alexander
542; SNG Alpha Bank
514; SNG Saroglos
253; SNG Cop
688; SNG MŁnchen
Amphipolis 15, VF, excellent centering, light rose toning
, light bumps and marks, Macedonia
, Amphipolis mint, weight
16.960g, maximum diameter
26.4mm, die axis
, 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
Catalog current as of Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
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