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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Macedonian Kingdom| > GS91529
Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C.
There are two primary reverse styles for Alexander the Great tetradrachms: an archaic "lifetime" style with Zeus' legs uncrossed, and a more refined Hellenistic style with Zeus' right leg drawn back. The transition between the two styles occurred around the time of Alexander's death. This type, struck in year 26 of King Azemilkos, was minted with both reverse styles. Our specimen with "crossed legs" was likely struck in 322 or 321 B.C., shortly after Alexander's death during the joint reign of Alexander's mentally disabled half-brother, Philip III, and Alexander's infant son with Roxana, Alexander IV under the regent Perdiccas.
GS91529. Silver tetradrachm, Price 3265, Newell Dated Ake 24b (obv. die XIX), SNG MŁnchen 729, cf. Cohen DCA 736 (archaic style), HGC 10 3, MŁller Alexander -, SNG Cop -, VF, high relief, obverse off center, graffiti on rev., punch on rev., uneven toning, bumps, scratches, porosity, Phoenicia, Tyre (Lebanon) mint, weight 17.006g, maximum diameter 26.5mm, die axis 0o, c. 322 - 321 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY downward on right, Zeus seated left, throne without back, bare to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, Phoenician on left: (Z= of King Azemilkos) over lll lll= ([year] 26); from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $250.00

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