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Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime Issue. Tarsos Mint, Struck Between 333 - 327 B.C.
Silver Tetradrachm, Price 2995, Müller 1293, Newell Tarsos 6, Demanhur 2045 - 2061, SNG Saroglos 505, SNG Cop 774, SNG München 692, SNG Alpha Bank -, VF, high relief, a little rough, porosity on reverse, 16.663g, 24.1mm, die ax., 45o, Tarsos mint, c. 333 - 327 B.C..
Obverse : head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck.
Reverse : Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), feet on footstool, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, AΛEΞAN∆POY , ( " Of Alexander " in Ancient Greek ) , 4 pellets under seat above strut over A below strut.

Lifetime issue. Alexander the Great passed through Tarsos, Cilicia, with his armies in 333 B.C. Darius' confidence increased, because Alexander spent so much time there, which he imputed to cowardice. In truth, Alexander had fallen seriously ill after bathing in the exceedingly cold river Cydnus. No physician would treat him, they thought his case so desperate, and his recovery unlikely. They feared the punishment for failure. Finally, Philip, the Acarnanian, relying on his own well-known friendship for Alexander, resolved to try. At this very time, Alexander received a letter, warning him that Philip had been bribed by Darius to kill him, with great sums of money, and a promise of his daughter in marriage. After Alexander read the letter, he put it under his pillow, without showing it to anyone. When Philip came in with the potion, Alexander drank it with great cheerfulness and assurance, at the same time giving Philip the letter to read. Alexander's looks were cheerful and open, to show his kindness to and confidence in his physician, while Philip was full of surprise and alarm at the accusation, appealing to the gods to witness his innocence, sometimes lifting up his hands to heaven, and then throwing himself down by the bedside, and beseeching Alexander to lay aside all fear, and follow his directions without apprehension. The medicine worked so strongly at first that at first Alexander lost his speech, and falling into a swoon, had scarce any sense or pulse left. However, after a short time, his health and strength returned, and he showed himself in public to the Macedonians, who had been in continual fear until they saw him again.


FORVM Ancient Coins. / From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
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Jay GT4  [Dec 16, 2018 at 03:33 AM]
Nice one Sam
Canaan  [Dec 16, 2018 at 03:57 AM]
another great life tume issue!!!
Sam  [Dec 16, 2018 at 10:48 PM]
Thank you dear friends.