gustophersmob Posted March 3 · Member Share Posted March 3 (edited) Howdy! First post and my first alexander tetradrachm in several years. I picked it up off eBay and using acsearch was able to find where it was sold from heritage auctions. Before it arrived, I was struggling to figure out the monogram, thinking it could either be an “AP” (price monogram 121) or a Δ. In hand, it does appear that there is a remnant of the P, see the attached picture. If it is truly an AP, then I was thinking it was a Price 3424 (based on comparisons on wildwinds and pella). This is what Heritage called it in their auction description. But this is where I’d get confused. Here is their full description: ”MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR tetradrachm (25mm, 17.15 gm, 11h). NGC Choice VF 4/5 - 4/5. Late lifetime-early posthumous issue of Aradus, under Ptolemy I as satrap, ca. 330-320 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress, paws tied before neck / AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus enthroned left, left leg drawn back, feet on stool, eagle in right hand, scepter in left; AP monogram in left field. Price 3424 (Byblus).” So my confusion is this part: “issue of Aradus, under Ptolemy I as satrap.” If it is a Price 3424, isn’t the mint Byblus (as they also seem to indicate), not Aradus? Also, I’m not sure what Ptolemy I has to do with either mint? Wasn’t he a satrap later, after Alexander’s death? And satrap of Egypt, not the area where Aradus or Byblus is? Sorry for the not great pics. I appreciate any help you can give! Heritage auction link: https://coins.ha.com/itm/greek/ancient-coins/ancients-macedonian-kingdom-alexander-iii-the-great-336-323-bc-ar-tetradrachm-25mm-1715-gm-11h-ngc-choice-vf-4-5-4-5/a/232248-61021.s?ic4=GalleryView-ShortDescription-071515 Edited March 3 by gustophersmob 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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