Benefactor robinjojo Posted January 10 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted January 10 (edited) A little over a year ago I picked up a Philip III tetradrachm of Tyre. The coin, while crude, was relatively inexpensive at $99, but it is in rough shape, especially the obverse, with corrosion, apparent smoothing, scratches and horn silver which makes Alexander III look as if he needs urgent treatment by a dermatologist. There also appears to be some sort of countermark, but it also might be an area of corrosion. On the same side there is an area metal loss. I cannot tell if it is due to just a flan flaw, a lamination or chip that occurred in minting or during circulation. Having said all these bad things, the coin, with its clear date on the reverse really attracted me to it, along with the low price. I've never owned an Alexander III tetradrachm with a date, so this was a first. Then, last month another tetradrachm, same date and mint became available at auction. This coin has some similarities with my earlier purchase, in overall style, but the flan, the dies are larger and the workmanship generally much better. So, I acquired that coin as well. Sometimes I just fall into redundancy with some coins. The auction coin, left, weighs within the Attic Standard, at 17.08 grams. The other coin weighs 15.64 grams, below the Attic Standard. Some of the lower weight can be attributed to the corrosion, but the flan is also smaller but with about the same thickness as the auction tetradrachm. Were these coins issued in different weight standards? I cannot say this was the case definitively, so that's something will need further researching, if I ever get around to it. Macedon, Philip III Arrhidaios, 2 tetradrachms, struck under Laomedon, Tyre, RY 30 of 'Ozmilk' = 320-/19 BC. Price 3279 (Ake) 17.08 grams and 15.64 grans respectively Edited January 10 by robinjojo 16 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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