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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Macedonian Kingdom| > GB91490
Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander, c. 319 - 297 B.C.
Kassander arrived at Alexander the Great's court in Babylon in 323 B.C., not long before Alexander's death. A later contemporary suggested he had been sent by his father to poison the king. Whatever the truth of this suggestion, Kassander stood out among the Diadochi in his hostility to Alexander's memory. As Kassander and the other diadochi struggled for power, Alexander IV, Roxana, and Alexander's supposed illegitimate son Heracles were all executed on Kassander's orders, and a guarantee to Olympias to spare her life was not respected. Kassander's decision to restore Thebes, which had been destroyed under Alexander, was perceived at the time to be a snub to the deceased King. It was later even said that he could not pass a statue of Alexander without feeling faint.
GB91490. Bronze AE 19, SNG München 1013, SNG Alpha Bank 908, SNG Evelpidis 1414, SNG Cop -, aVF, dark patina, scratches, earthen deposits, Macedonia, uncertain mint, weight 6.942g, maximum diameter 19.0mm, die axis 270o, 306 - 297 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ, horseman riding right, reins in left hand, raising right hand in salute, DI right, (KA monogram) below horse; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $80.00










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