Jump to content

Alexander III Tetradrachm ID help, please.


Nerosmyfavorite68
 Share

Recommended Posts

I don't know a whole lot about these and I lack references in this field (although I think I do have a 1970's Sear Greek copy kicking around).

This was a past Christmas or birthday present.  Sorry for the photography, but it is what it is.

It's a worn Fine. Is it lifetime or posthumous?  Can the mint be made out?

The tag says 27mm, 16.39 g and Sear 6721.

1417362199_AlexanderIIIARTetradrachm16.39gSear6721.jpg.58fa19ef4f6a490b147db458f961308d.jpg

 

My favorites are the enormous flan posthumous issues of 220-ish BC onwards.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

That was fast!  Thanks!

I didn't want to post the tag. I think dad paid too much for this one.  It's the thought that counts, though.  The local coin shop only has a limited selection and he's not comfortable with buying online.

Sadly, the coin shop has been going through a slab phase.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Benefactor
20 minutes ago, Nerosmyfavorite68 said:

I didn't want to post the tag. I think dad paid too much for this one.  It's the thought that counts, though.  The local coin shop only has a limited selection and he's not comfortable with buying online.

FWIW, on my last birthday my son asked what I wanted. I mentioned that if he happened to buy any ancient coin at the shop next to his sports card store, that I'd cherish it as one of the centerpieces of my collection. I have a few coins that were gifts and they're special to me, though not particularly rare.

Sadly, he didn't take the hint. I received a package of basketball cards. It's still the thought that counts, even though I don't collect any sports cards.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I did discuss the issues associated with the coinage of Alexander III in my thread "The Lifetime coinage of Alexander the Great" in a somewhat cursory manner. I posted this thread on August 8 of this year. However it is pretty clear that the torch / lambda issue with the image of Zeus with crossed legs are associated with Kassander 315-294 BC This is a massive issue and is frequently encountered. Looking at the coin posted by @Nerosmyfavorite68 I am unable to make out any subsidiary monogram or symbol which is usually found under the throne. This is my example of a tetradrachm from this series.

Ar Tetradrachm of Kassander Amphipolis mint 315-294 BC In the name and types of Alexander III Obv Head of beardless Herakles in lions skin headdress. Rv Zeus Aetophoros seated left.  Price 447   17.05 gms 29 mm Photo by W. Hansen

kassandertd4.jpg.d10178f164bb75ef92b539006474a406.jpg

Price records over thirty varieties of this type. 

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Looking on Pella again, I saw that all  Price 443 examples of the "American Numismatic Society" are now called imitations.

see the first 5 coins:

http://numismatics.org/pella/id/price.443

These 5 imitations are very close to your example. Therefore your example might be an imitation.

The two examples (BM and Amsterdam) that are not called imitations are stylistically different/better. These two examples also do not have a symbol under the throne, that seems to exist.

 

Edited by shanxi
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...