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In celebration of my brand new (to me) Greek/ Roman Republic/wanna be MSC/ Alexander the Great/Tetradrachm (or, if you prefer, Greco-Romano-wanna-be-MSC-O-Alexandros-Tet). I thought it would be fun to start a Tet thread. 

Kicking off the fun is the man every Roman wished he were, Alexander The Great. Perfectly quaffed hair, strong straight nose, eyes like the sea after a storm. Enough about me though. Heeere's ATG!


MACEDON AS ROMAN PROVINCE. Aesillas (Quaestor, circa 93-87 BC). Tetradrachm. Thessalonika.


Head of the deified Alexander the Great right, with horn of Ammon; Θ to left.


Fiscus (money chest), club and sella curulis; Q to upper right.

SNG Copenhagen 1330; HGC 3.1, 1110. Near very fine. 15.30 g. 27 mm. Purchased from Numismatik Naumann March 2022


My second latest tetradrachm comes from Bill Rosenblum (lots of people don't realize that was the name of Sicily until very recently) and is assuredly top coin of 2022... this far:


Sicily, under the tyrant Gelon Silver tetradrachm (16.91 gr, 25 mm)

Obv: Slow quadriga being driven r. by male charioteer, Nike above crowning horses

Rev: Head of Artemis-Arethusa right, 4 dolphins around legend, ΣVRAKOΣI-ON

Popular type. Boeh-353, SNG-113 Toned VF, obverse somewhat grainy. Purchased from Bill Rosenblum March 2022


Now that you've cleaned the drool off of your chin🤪

Let's not forget those wonderful Macedonian shield tetradrachms:

In order of rarity. 



Macedonia under Roman rule

AR tetradrachm- 16,21 gram,31 mm, struck after 168AD at Amphipolis

obv: diademed head of Artemis Tauropolos facing right with quiver over shoulder in the center of a Macedonian shield, shield decorated with seven eight-pointed stars within double crescents

rev: Club of Herakles within oak wreath, monograms and legend around, thunderbolt at left

AMNG III, 159, SNG Cop 1314, BMC 2

Ex NB-Numismatics




Antigonos II Gonatas - Demetrios II Aitolikos, 277/6-239 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 31 mm, 16.78 g, 5 h), Amphipolis, circa 246/5-229. Horned head of Pan to left, wearing goat's skin around his neck and with lagobolon behind; all within the center of a Macedonian shield adorned with stars and crescents. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOΥ Athena Alkidemos striding to left, hurling thunderbolt with her upraised right hand and holding shield with her left; in field to left, Macedonian helmet with transverse crest; in field to right, monogram of HΛ. Panagopoulou Period III, Group 10, 52 (011/R - but similar to R50). SNG Ashmolean 3258. Well centered. Purchased from Herakles Numismatics May 2021

Aaand Perseus!


Philip V (221-179 BC). Tetradrachm. Uncertain Macedonian mint.

Obv: Head of Perseus left, wearing winged helmet surmounted by griffin's head; harpa in background; all in the centre of Macedonian shield.


Club right between legend in two lines; all within wreath right.

SNG München 1125; HGC 3.1, 1056.

Condition: Fine.

Weight: 16.91 g.

Diameter: 30 mm. Purchased from Numismatik Naumann November 2021


Even harder to find was this rare lifetime con of Alexander with Zeus dribbling an MSC:


Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR tetradrachm (28mm, 10h). ANACS XF 40. Lifetime issue of Amphipolis, ca. 336-323 BC. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress, paws tied before neck / AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus seated left on backless throne, left leg drawn back, feet on ground line, eagle in right hand, scepter in left; Macedonian shield in left field. Price 57. Purchased from Heritage Auctions October 2021


Of course papa Philip II had some wonderful tets that redefined ancient coinage:


Philip II AR Tetradrachm. Pella, 342-336 BC. Lifetime issue. Laureate head of Zeus right / Youth on horseback right, holding palm and reins; thunderbolt below, [N in exergue]. Le Rider 222-306. 14.22g, 24mm, 7h. VF. Purchased from Savoca July 2021

And even the Celts wished they were Alexander:Screenshot_20210529-093954_Chrome.thumb.jpg.3d519537ad97bd40a460dcda85b8da97.jpg

Danubian Celts - Imitative Alexander Tetradrachm 300-200 BCE

Obv: traces of greatly degraded stylised head of Herakles right. Rev: garbled legend to right, stylised Zeus seated left on throne, holding eagle and sceptre; IML monogram in left field. 68 grams. Fine. [No Reserve] Provenance

Property of a North London gentleman.


De La Tour 9640; Cf. Lanz 911-914

Purchased from Timeline auctions May 2021

Hopefully this thread helped ease what was ailing you...


But, as you all know, there are SO MANY MORE TYPES OF TETS OUT THERE!!!



So please, bring out your Tets, thoughts or anything Monty Python related!

Ps, what do you call a frozen Tet?

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SELEUCID KINGDOM. Antiochus VII Euergetes (Sidetes) (138-129 BC). AR tetradrachm (31mm, 16.72 gm, 12h). NGC AU 5/5 - 3/5. Antioch on the Orontes. Diademed head of Antiochus VII right, diadem ends falling straight behind; bead-and-reel border / BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY / EYEP-ΓETOY, Athena standing facing, head left, resting left hand on grounded shield decorated with gorgoneion, spear resting against arm, Nike in right hand extending wreath into border; ΔI monogram above ΠY monogram in outer left field, all within laurel wreath. SC 2061.1q. 

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THRACIAN KINGDOM. Lysimachus (305-281 BC). AR tetradrachm (38mm, 17.11 gm, 11h). Sardes, ca. 297/6-286 BC. Diademed head of deified Alexander III right, with horn of Ammon / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧOΥ, Athena seated left, Nike in right hand crowning royal name, resting left elbow on shield decorated with lion head boss, transverse spear behind; ΩK monogram in inner left field, ΠPE monogram in exergue. Thompson 89. Müller 405. 


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Here are a few of my favorites. Nice coins @Ryro!

D5093561-6FDE-4509-BD3A-1B760453E74B.thumb.jpeg.1494ed63ff850ccdbbd7662ae4e1378f.jpegSatraps of Caria
AR Tetradrachm, Halikarnassus mint, struck ca. 377 - 352 BC
Dia.: 23 mm
Wt.: 15.06 g
Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo facing three-quarters right
Rev.: MAYΣΣΩΛΛO, Zeus Labraundos standing right
Ref.: BMC 1 var; SNG Von Aulock 2359 var.; Traité II, 91
Ex Roma Auction II, lot 302 (Oct. 2, 2011)

E990B649-E43A-4023-AE92-960D235C6362.thumb.jpeg.b3c3a86085fa75f7ebb816ee12c12311.jpegSicily, Syracuse 
Agathokles, AR Tetradrachm
Dia.: 26 mm
Wt.: 17.19 g
Obv.: KOΡAΣ Head of Kore to right, wearing grain wreath and pendant earring.
Rev.: AΓAΘOKΛEIOΣ Nike, bare to the waist, standing right, attaching armor to trophy to her right, she holds a nail in her right hand and a hammer in her left; to left, triskeles of legs running to right. 
Ref.: Ierardi 143/141 (O38/R95). SNG ANS 674 (same obverse die). An unrecorded die combination; toned.
Ex W. F. Stoecklin (1888-1975) acquired in Taormina, Sicily, in 1931.

6D8957E6-F8F0-4BA0-AC8C-B6DBF77C7320.thumb.jpeg.4a5634438ded0b8b5163bf1a62124dc5.jpegKings of Paeonia
Patraos (c. 335-315 BC)
AR Tetradrachm, mint at Astibos or Damastion. 
Dia.: 24 mm, 1 h
Wt.: 12.93 g
Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo right
Rev.: Warrior on horse rearing r., spearing enemy warrior who defends with shield and spear. 
Ref.: Paeonian Hoard 493-9; HGC 3, 148

Attica. Athens
AR Tetradrachm, struck ca. 167-8 BC
Dia.: 30 mm
Wt.: 16.78
Obv.:Head of Athena right wearing triple crested attic helmet adorned with Pegasos
Rev.: Α-ΘΕ above MI / KI and ΘΕΟ / ΦΡΑ (Miki[on] and Theophra[stos]) Owl standing facing on amphora Θ, AP below.
Ref.: Thompson 320g

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Unfortunately I don't have a "true" Greek tetradrachm in my collection - when I say true, I mean ones with artistic, complicated design.

That one from Sicily under Gelon is fantastic, @Ryro. Congratulations. If you decide it's too ugly for your collection, I can help you and would accept it.

But I am also amazed by others in this thread ( @Curtisimo, that Halikarnassus  .......)

Here are the ones with this denonimation in my collection - the one I like the most is this cistophoric - I always wanted a coin of this type.



Lydia. Tralleis circa 133 BC.
Cistophoric Tetradrachm AR
26 mm, 11,75 g
Magistrate Time. Cista mystica with serpent, within ivy wreath. / TΡAΛ to left of bowcase between two coiled serpents, TIME above, cult image of Artemis Anaitis standing front in right field. BMC 31-32; SNG von Aulock 8287; SNG Cop 661; Paris 2700-2701; SNG Leipzig 1269; Mionnet IV, 1026; Pinder 160; Whittall sale 1325b; GRPC Lydia S470

Now some provincial tetradrachms. This is the first I acquired.


Trebonianus Gallus, Antioch.


One from Alexandria with a pleasant design and some surface issues that I can ignore without problems



Another one from Alexandria with a beautiful toning.



Egypt, Alexandria, Maximianus (286-305)

Obv: A K MA OVA MAΞIMIANOC CEB; laureate draped and cuirassed bust right / Rev: Homonoia (Concordia) standing left, raising right hand and holding double cornucopiae

L - Γ (= yr. 3 = A.D. 287/8).

20 mm, 7,20 g
Milne 4855v; Curtis 2091; Emmett 4141.

And my latest one, probably the best.



Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Trajan Decius AD 249-251.
26 mm, 12,18 g
ΑΥΤ Κ Γ ΜƐ ΚΥ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟϹ ΔƐΚΙΟϹ ϹƐΒ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Decius, r., seen from rear; below bust: ••••• / ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ƐΞΟΥϹΙΑϹ, S C, eagle standing on palm, l., spreading wings, holding wreath in beak
Group 3, officina 5
RPC IX, 1745, Prieur 584 (15), McAlee 1126e


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I'm wondering if this group needs a separate section for Roman Provincial / Greek Imperials separating them from the mainstream Greek. My favorite 'tets' are all in this category. 

Septimius Severus, Alexandria, billon tetradrachm year 2


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Some interesting and stunning coins shown!

Here's a couple of run of Mills...

SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Gordian III, AD 238-244.
AR Tetradrachm, 28mm, 13.7g, 6h, struck AD 238-240.
Obv..Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev..Eagle standing facing with spread wings, head turned to left, holding wreath in beak. //SC
McAlee 862.....Prieur 279.


Billon Tetradrachm, Egypt, Alexandria Mint, 23mm, 11.94 grams
Obverse: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Antoninus right.
Reverse: Nilus reclining left holding reed and cornucopia from which emerges Nilus, crocodile below.
Emmerr 1413.13 // Dattari 2294 // Koln 1594 // K&G 35.426



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19 minutes ago, TheTrachyEnjoyer said:

Very nice! That lysimachus and Syracuse tet are amazing!

Is the Owl a transitional right before mass issues? Unusual and interesting reverse!

Thanks! The owl is a transitional issue right before mass emission, but it's hard to tell exactly when it was issued. I liked that it was a little earlier and different than my mass emission example so I decided to give it a new home. 

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@RyroHere are a few...  (LOL, I am CONFUSED!  Do you want TETARTEMORIANS or TETRADRACHMS???😄 😄 😄 

Big Tetties and Little Tetties...



Syracuse Gelon 485-478 BCE AR Tet 24mm 16.7g Slow Biga Victory  Arethusa 4 dolphins Sear-Greek S 914 Ex Charles Reeve



ARKADIA Tegea AR Tetartemorion 0.2g 6mm 423-400 BCE Helmeted Hd Athena Alea T within incuse BCD Peloponnesos War 1721 HGC 5



RR Macedon occupation Alexander - Club Coin chest Quaestor Chair wreath Aesillas Quaestor AR Tet Thessalonika Mint BC 90-70



Ionia Kolophon AR Tetartemorion 530-520 BCE Archaic Apollo Incuse Punch 0.15g 4.5mm- SNG Kayhan 343 Left old

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It's not often you see such artwork in one thread! Breathtaking coins!

And since you're asking, here is the one tetradrachm I haven't shown before. It's probably as close as I'll ever come to art on coins. Call it Hellenistic, it's Classic in style:



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Wow, that's the kind of pile-on thread I like. Unfortunately I can't contribute with strictly greek ones apart from the owl my dear wife gifted me with



However I can add a couple of parthian tets and a bunch of syrophenicians :

Orodes II :



Phraates IV :



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Here you go:

Cleopatra Thea, Queen of Syria, with son Antiochus VIII.
AR tetradrachm; 15.85 gm, 27 mm.
Antioch mint, 125-121 BC.
Obv: Jugate busts, right.
Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ ΚΛΕΟΠΑΤΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, Zeus Nikephoros seated l., holding lotus-tipped scepter; IE outer left, A under throne.
Refs: SNG Spaer 2437; c.f. Sear 7135.
Notes: Ex-Henry Clay Lindgren.

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I don‘t really collect tetradrachms, but I do have this one of Caracalla (haven’t bothered to identify the type yet). I can‘t recall where, when or why I bought it, but it‘s been sitting in one of my trays for years now. It‘s not in the greatest of conditions, but it‘s a tetradrachm nonetheless. 


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