Kings of Macedon, Alexander III 'the Great' c. 317-301 BC

Kings of Macedon, Alexander III 'the Great' c. 317-301 BC


Struck under Antigonos I Monophthalmos(?). As Strategos of Asia, 320-306/5 BC, or king, 306/5-301 BC. 336-323 BC. Uncertain mint in Syria or Phoenicia, c. 317-301 BC. AR Tetradrachm, 17.20g (25mm, 12h). Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress / AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; head of boar in left field.

Pedigree: Acquired in June 2000 from the stock of Münzen und Medaillen AG, Basel, Switzerland.

References: Price 3575. Meydancikkale Hoard 2204. SNG Oxford 3169

Grade: Some minor pitting however lovely cabinet toning, sharp strike and good centering. The boar symbol is less seldom seen and makes this coin more interesting than an average Alexander tetradrachm. aEF (gk1201)

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When Alexander died suddenly in Babylon in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in June 323 BC, he was at the height of his power. His generals and closest advisors scrambled to take over his domain. The Diadochi, as they were later known, were ruthless with each other changes in leadership across the empire was changing frequently. Antigonus was a longtime advisor to Alexander and even served his father Philip II. Upon Alexander’s death he was one of the first to receive a portion of the domain.

The first coins struck by the successors of Alexander mirrored the style of their earlier leader, even bearing the name of their beloved ruler. This changed quickly