SOLD Greek silver coin (drachm) issued in the name of Alexander the Great

SOLD Greek silver coin (drachm) issued in the name of Alexander the Great

SKU: C003
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Greek silver coin (drachm) issued in the name of Alexander the Great (336 – 323 BC)

 

Obverse: Bust of Herakles wearing a lion skin over his head.

 

Reverse: Zeus seated left on backless throne, one leg drawn back, eagle held out in right hand, left hand holding sceptre, AT monogram in left field and MΩ monogram below the throne; AΛEΞANΔΡΟΥ written in right field.

 

Artist: Unknown die engraver at the mint of Magnesia ad Maeandrum.

 

Origin: Attributed to the mint of Magnesia ad Maeandrum in Asia Minor.

 

Materials and method: Struck in good quality silver from engraved dies.

 

Dimensions: 17 mm diameter.

 

Weight: 4.10 gm

 

Date of creation: Attributed to the years 318 - 301 BC.

 

Condition: good Very Fine.

 

Stock no: C003

 

Price: A$200

 

Other comments: This coin was struck under the authority of Antigonus I Monophthalmus (Antigonus the One-Eyed). He was a general under Alexander the Great and his father Philip, and after the death of Alexander’s successor Perdiccas in 321 BC, Antigonus had control over a substantial part of “Asia” (modern day Turkey, Syria, etc). Through several successful campaigns, he increased his control over the East. In 301 BC, when he was 81 years old, he was struck by a javelin at the Battle of Ipsus in Phrygia and died.

 

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