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Macedonian Kings
Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, as Satrap of Thrace, 323 - 305 B.C., Struck by Kassander

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Lysimachos,| |as| |Satrap| |of| |Thrace,| |323| |-| |305| |B.C.,| |Struck| |by| |Kassander||unit|NEW
This type was likely struck by Kassander at Amphipolis for Lysimachos, perhaps while Lysimachos was battling the Thracian tribes. With the support of Antigonus, Ptolemy, and Lysimachus, Kassander defeated Polyperchon, and declared himself the Macedonian regent in 317 B.C. Lysimachos was satrap in Thrace and some adjoining territory, an area without a royal mint. Lysimachos and Kassander were related by marriage and bound by mutual trust, respect, and unwavering friendship. Kassander likely supplied the bulk of Lysimachos monetary needs, perhaps even until Lysimacus gained control of mints in Anatolia after Ipsus.
GB112982. Bronze unit, Price p. 133, P4; SNG ANS 998; Thompson 2 (Lysimachia mint, 306 - 300 B.C.); SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG Cop -, gF, green patina, spots of corrosion, weight 5.202 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 125o, Amphipolis mint, c. 317 - 305 B.C.; obverse head of Apollo right, wearing taenia; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, young male rider galloping right, holding palm branch; bow lower left, ΛY to the left of lion forepart right below; scarce; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, as Satrap of Thrace, 323 - 305 B.C., Struck by Kassander

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Lysimachos,| |as| |Satrap| |of| |Thrace,| |323| |-| |305| |B.C.,| |Struck| |by| |Kassander||AE| |18|
This type was likely struck by Kassander at Amphipolis for Lysimachos, perhaps while Lysimachos was battling the Thracian tribes. With the support of Antigonus, Ptolemy, and Lysimachus, Kassander defeated Polyperchon, and declared himself the Macedonian regent in 317 B.C. Lysimachos was satrap in Thrace and some adjoining territory, an area without a royal mint. Lysimachos and Kassander were related by marriage and bound by mutual trust, respect, and unwavering friendship. Kassander likely supplied the bulk of Lysimachos monetary needs, perhaps even until Lysimacus gained control of mints in Anatolia after Ipsus.
GB111744. Bronze AE 18, Price p. 133, P4; SNG ANS 998; Thompson 2 (Lysimachia mint, 306 - 300 B.C.); SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG Cop -, F, dark patina, light earthen deposits, scratches, pitting, weight 6.359 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 90o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, c. 317 - 305 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Apollo right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, nude horseman cantering right, ΛY lower left, lion forepart right below; scarce; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III and Alexander IV, c. 323 - 317 B.C., In the Name of Alexander

|Macedonian| |Kings|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |III| |and| |Alexander| |IV,| |c.| |323| |-| |317| |B.C.,| |In| |the| |Name| |of| |Alexander||tetradrachm|
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.
SH67902. Silver tetradrachm, Price 112, Mller Alexander 854, Demanhur 1344- 1455, SNG Cop 684, SNG Alpha Bank 499, SNG Mn 283, SNG Ash 2594, Newell Reattribution 43, Troxell H2, Choice aEF, excellent centering, rainbow toning, weight 17.224 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 180o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, under regent Antipater, c. 322 - 320 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus Atophoros seated left on throne without back, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, Phrygian cap inner left; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Antigonos II Gonatas, 277 - 239 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

|Macedonian| |Kings|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Antigonos| |II| |Gonatas,| |277| |-| |239| |B.C.,| |In| |the| |Name| |of| |Alexander| |the| |Great||tetradrachm|
Most people expect the crests on ancient helmets to strictly run from front to back. Officer's helmets, however, frequently had a crest running from ear to ear, as on the helmet used as a control symbol on the reverse of this coin. The two ear flaps dangle below the bowl and visor of the helmet.
SH90208. Silver tetradrachm, Price 624, Mller Alexander 225, Meydancikkale 407, Mathisen 26.5, Wartenberg-Kagan 34, SNG Cop -, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Munchen -, VF, attractive style, bump behind Herakles eye, weight 16.999 g, maximum diameter 28.3 mm, die axis 180o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, c. 275 - 270 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse AΛΕΞANΔPOY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, eagle in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, crested Macedonian officer's helmet facing on left, ΘΕ monogram under seat strut, YΕ monogram in exergue; ex CNG auction 324, part of lot 690; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander the Great, 336 - 323 B.C.

|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |the| |Great,| |336| |-| |323| |B.C.||stater|
Lifetime issue!
SH33207. Gold stater, Price 2533, Mller Alexander 293, VF, weight 8.496 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, c. 334 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, hair in ringlets; reverse Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, griffin head left, AΛEΞANΔPOY downward behind; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander the Great, 336 - 323 B.C.

|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |the| |Great,| |336| |-| |323| |B.C.||stater|
SH68250. Gold stater, apparently unpublished; Price -; Mller -; Hersh -, NGC Ch VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, weight 8.485 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, early posthumous issue(?); obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake; reverse AΛΕΞANΔPOY, Nike standing half left, wreath in extended right hand, stylus in left, monogram to left, hound(?) at feet on left; ex Gorny and Mosch auction 216, lot 2272; certified (slabbed) by Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC); extremely rare, possibly unique; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |II| |of| |Macedonia,| |359| |-| |336| |B.C.||stater|
Philip II expanded the size and influence of the Macedonian Kingdom but is perhaps best known as the father of Alexander the Great. He personally selected the design of his coins.
SH33201. Gold stater, Le Rider pl. 82, 265, VF, weight 8.588 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 45o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, 340/336 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, charioteer in biga right, ΛO below horses; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Demetrius I Poliorketes, 306 - 283 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Demetrius| |I| |Poliorketes,| |306| |-| |283| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
The bull's horns suggest Demetrius' relationship to Poseidon is the same as Alexander's to Zeus Ammon. The portrait is individualized, but evokes the image of Alexander. Demetrios was the first to assimilate elements of Alexander's deified portrait and the first living ruler to portray himself as a god on coins.
SH55017. Silver tetradrachm, Newell p. 142, 153; SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Berry-, SNG Ashmolean -, SNG Munchen -, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 16.741 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, die axis 225o, Euboea, uncertain mint, c. 290 - 287 B.C.; obverse Demetrios diademed head right with horns of a bull, the animal sacred to Demetrios' patron deity, Poseidon; reverse Poseidon standing left, right foot on rock, trident in left (apparently inspired by the Lateran Poseidon, a statue by Lysippos, court sculptor of Alexander), monogram inner left, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (KINΓ) ΔOΩNΩAPΔ ON PIΓΗT, ΔHMHTPIOY downward on right; rare; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Perseus, 179 - 168 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Perseus,| |179| |-| |168| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
 
SH21631. Silver tetradrachm, Mamroth Perseus 19b, SNG Berry 382, gVF, weight 15.430 g, maximum diameter 31.7 mm, die axis 0o, 179 - 168 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Perseus right; reverse BAΣIΛΕΩΣ ΠΕPΣΕΩΣ, eagle with spread wings, standing right on thunderbolt, monograms above, to the right and between legs, all in oak wreath, plow in ex; nice portrait, good centering and strike, light toning; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |II| |of| |Macedonia,| |359| |-| |336| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
Philip II became the ruler of all Greece when he defeated the Athenians at the Battle of Chaeroneia in 338 B.C. Philip personally selected the design of his coins. His horse, on the reverse of this coin, won a race in the Olympic Games in 356 B.C., the year his son Alexander the Great was born.
SH84347. Silver tetradrachm, Le Rider 248 (D116/R428); SNG ANS 504; SNG Cop 552; SNG Berry 116, gVF, superb style, bold high relief, well centered on a tight flan, rose toning, weight 14.422 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 180o, Macedonia, Pella mint, c. 340 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, naked youth on horse pacing right, holding palm frond, bunch of grapes on vine with leaves below; ex Wolfshead Gallery (Ridgewood, NJ); SOLD







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