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Greek Macedon, Kings of Macedon, Alexander III, The Great, ca. 336 to 323 BCE. Silver Tetradrachm, (14.2 grams), lifetime issue. Obverse: head of young Herakles facing right, wearing a lion's skin. Reverse: Zeus enthroned left, holding an eagle and a scepter, a Corinthian helmet above monogram on left, monogram below throne, Cp. Price 1047. Size: 0.95" W (2.4 cm); total weight 14.2 grams

Alexander the Great needs no introduction, and his coinage had subsequent international fame - although they began to be minted during his lifetime, coins of this style were also issued for two decades after his death by the generals who had divided up his empire, and similar coins were minted by cities for over two centuries to be issued as international coinage. During his lifetime, the production of these coins also speaks to the vast international reach that his empire (and his fame) had: twenty-five mints produced these tetradrachms, of which two were in his home kingdom of Macedonia, one was in his conquered territory of Egypt, and the other twenty-three were in various parts of Alexander-conquered or -influenced Asia.

Provenance: ex-private New Jersey, USA collection

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Condition

Strike 5/5, Surface 2/5. Slabbed/in plastic casing. Graded by NGC. The term slabbed refers to coins that have been submitted to a professional grading service to certify the grade of the coin. Grading services experts examine the coin, assign the coin a grade, and seal it into a hard plastic 'slab' with a label that indicates coin type, date, mintmark, variety, and grade. The holder prevents any tampering or fraudulent replacement of the certified coin with something else. Most collectors and dealers readily accept the grades of slabbed coins. Given this, slabbed coins are favored highly.

Starting Bid

$650

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Macedonian Alexander III The Great Silver Tetradrachm

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800
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