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Macedonian Kingdom

Macedonia, also called Macedon, was an ancient kingdom on the periphery of Archaic and Classical Greece, and later the dominant state of Hellenistic Greece. The kingdom was founded and initially ruled by the royal Argead dynasty, which was followed by the Antipatrid and Antigonid dynasties.

Macedonian Kingdom, Ptolemy I Soter as Satrap, 323 - 305 B.C., In the Name and Types of Alexander

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Ptolemy| |I| |Soter| |as| |Satrap,| |323| |-| |305| |B.C.,| |In| |the| |Name| |and| |Types| |of| |Alexander||tetradrachm|NEW
This type, struck with a fantastic heroic high-relief image of Herakles, was until recently attributed to Berytos. We do not know the reason for the reattribution to the Byblos mint but the change has been widely accepted.
SH110494. Silver tetradrachm, Price 3420 (Berytos), HGC 10 103 (Berytos), NGC AU, Strike: 4/5, Surface: 2/5, die shift (6154898-001), weight 16.612 g, maximum diameter 27.7 mm, die axis 330o, Phoenicia, Byblos (Jbail, Lebanon) mint, c. 320/19 - 315 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse Zeus Atophoros enthroned left, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, B (control) left, OI (control) under throne, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward behind; with NGC tag, removed from plastic case; NGC| Lookup ; scarce; $650.00 (656.50)


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III and Alexander IV, 323 - 315 B.C., Types of Philip II

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |III| |and| |Alexander| |IV,| |323| |-| |315| |B.C.,| |Types| |of| |Philip| |II||tetradrachm|NEW
Struck during the nominal rule of Philip III, Alexander's brother, and Alexander IV, the conqueror's young son. They were made kings by Alexander's generals who only used them as pawns. Philip III was imprisoned and in 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from Olympias. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by Kassander in 311 B.C.
SH110497. Silver tetradrachm, Troxell Studies 326; Le Rider pl. 46, 3 var. (no pellet); SNG ANS 669 var. (same); SNG Alpha Bank 286 var. (same), VF, well centered, light tone, a few scratches, weight 14.016 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 180o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, struck under Polyperchon, c. 318 - 317 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, nude youth pacing right on horseback, palm frond in right hand, reins in left hand, stalk of grain below, Π with pellet within below raised left foreleg; $500.00 (505.00)


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

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |II| |of| |Macedonia,| |359| |-| |336| |B.C.||unit|
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.
GB110094. Bronze unit, SNG Alpha Bank 454, SNG ANS 850, SNG Cop 602, VF, broad flan, mild porosity, closed flan crack, obverse edge beveled, weight 5.566 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 90o, Macedonian mint, c. 359 - 336 B.C.; obverse head of Apollo right wearing taenia; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, young male riding horse prancing to right, spearhead and part of shaft right below, all in a shallow round incuse; $90.00 (90.90)


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

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Demetrios| |I| |Poliorketes,| |306| |-| |283| |B.C.||AE| |12|
Demetrius I Poliorketes (The Besieger), son of Antigonus I Monophthalmus, was given the title king by his father in 306 B.C. after he defeated Ptolemy I at the Battle of Salamis. In 294 he seized the throne of Macedonia by murdering Alexander V. The combined forces of Pyrrhus, Ptolemy and Lysimachus, forced him out of Macedonia in 288. Abandoned by his troops on the field of battle he surrendered to Seleucus in 286 and died in captivity in 283 B.C.
GB99391. Bronze AE 12, HGC 3 1031 (R2); Newell 62 var. (control); AMNG III p. 181, 7 var. (control); SNG Cop -; SNG Alpha Bank -, VF, obverse off center, weight 2.013 g, maximum diameter 11.5 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain western Anatolian mint, c. 298 - 295 B.C.; obverse prow of war galley left, Athena on deck standing left blowing trumpet and holding stylis; reverse Poseidon Pelagaios standing left, brandishing trident with right hand, nude but for chlamys draped over extended left arm, B-A (BAσιλεως - king) divided low across field (off flan), monogram (control) right; very rare; $80.00 (80.80)


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

|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |the| |Great,| |336| |-| |323| |B.C.||stater|
Alexander the Great lifetime issue, struck by his Satrap in Lydia, Menander. Menander, the commander of a force of mercenaries in Alexander's army, was appointed by Alexander as the satrap in Lydia in 331. In 323 B.C., he was commissioned to conduct a reinforcement of troops to Alexander at Babylon, where he arrived there just before Alexander's death. In the division of the provinces after the death of Alexander, Menander received his former government of Lydia. He appears soon to have attached himself to the party of Antigonus. In the new distribution of the provinces at Triparadisus in 321 B.C., he lost the government of Lydia, which was given to Cleitus; but this was probably a promotion by Antigonus, as he commanded part of Antigonus' army in the first campaign against Eumenes in 320 B.C. The following year, Menander learned of the escape of Eumenes from Nora, and advanced with an army into Cappadocia to attack him, forcing him to take refuge in Cilicia. After this, no further mention of Menander is found in history.
SH68249. Gold stater, Price 2533, Mller Alexander 293, gVF, weight 8.547 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, struck by Menander, c. 330 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, hair in ringlets; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, griffin head left; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 216, lot 2269; SOLD


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

|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |the| |Great,| |336| |-| |323| |B.C.||stater|
Athena's bust is in fine style with more attention to detail than usual. For example, lines indicating Athena's hair are visible through the eye slits in the helmet (quite unusual for the type).
SH56812. Gold stater, Price 2633; Mller Alexander 30, aEF, rev die wear, fine style, weight 8.597 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, c. 323 - 319 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, wearing necklace and pendant earring; reverse AΛEΞAN∆[POY], Nike standing half left, wreath in extended right hand, stylus in left, race torch left below wing, monogram off flan below right wing; a few small die breaks, lustrous fields, superb bust of Athena; 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 AΛEΞAN∆POY, 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, Mazaios, Governor, 331 - 328 B.C., Babylon, Babylonia

|Persia| |&| |Mesopotamia|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Mazaios,| |Governor,| |331| |-| |328| |B.C.,| |Babylon,| |Babylonia||double| |shekel|
After the Persian satrap Mazaios surrendered Babylon to Alexander without a fight, Alexander retained him as governor.
SH43400. Silver double shekel, SNG Cop 260, SNG Berry 1456, BMC Arabia etc. p. 180, 1 var. (I on exergual line); Babelon Trait 751 var. (wreath in ex); SGCV II 6140, Choice gVF, weight 17.130 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 45o, obverse BLTRZ (Baaltarz) in Aramaic behind, Baaltarz seated left on seat without back, himation over left shoulder and waist downward, lotus tipped scepter in right, left rests on his hip; reverse MZDI (Mazaios) in Aramaic above, lion walking left; scarce type; SOLD


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

|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |the| |Great,| |336| |-| |323| |B.C.,| |<b>Lifetime| |Issue</b>||tetradrachm|
Lifetime issue. This coin was issued during the lifetime and rule of Alexander the Great. Most Alexander coins were issued after his death. In 333 BC Alexander the Great intended to lay an ambush of Darius III at Myriandrus but the battle took place near Issus.
SH26702. Silver tetradrachm, Price 3217, Newell Myriandros 17, Mller -, aEF, weight 17.166 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 0o, Myriandros (near Iskenderun, Turkey) mint, c. 330 - 325 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Atophoros enthroned left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, scorpion on left, ME monogram under throne; fine style, choice obverse, and unusual symbol, ex G & M 160 lot 1318 (misattributed as Price 3218); very rare; SOLD


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

|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |the| |Great,| |336| |-| |323| |B.C.,| |<b>Lifetime| |Issue</b>||tetradrachm|
Lifetime issue! At the time of the Battle of Issus, Darius had his headquarters at Damascus. Alexander captured a great treasure there and established a mint in 330 B.C. or soon after to strike the silver into his coinage.
GS82753. Silver tetradrachm, Price 3214, Mller Alexander 1342, Demanhur 3247 - 3249, Newell Reattribution 180, VF, attractive style, light toning, obverse off center but full face on flan, bumps, marks, porosity, weight 16.932 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, Syria, Damaskos mint, c. 330 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse Zeus Atophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, ram forepart right in left field, A between struts under seat and ∆A below, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward on right; very rare; SOLD







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