Benefactor kirispupis Posted July 2, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted July 2, 2022 As I've built my "Philip II, Alexander III, and the Age of the Diadochi" collection, I've begun several-sub collections. This is the first one that's "almost" complete - in that I'm sure I'll figure out another coin that belongs to it. The sub-collection consists of those cities Alexander the Great besieged, represented by coins minted around the time of the siege. Note that Alexander besieged many other cities than these - especially in Baktria and India - but as far as we know they didn't mint coins at the time. Halikarnassos was the setting of the famed "show-down" between Alexander and Memnon of Rhodes. CARIA. Halikarnassos Mid 4th-3rd centuries BCE Chalkous AE 12 mm, 1.04 g, 12 h Laureate head of Apollo to left. Rev. AΛI Eagle standing left; to left, lyre. BMC 18. Karl 133-137. SNG Copenhagen 346-7. SNG Keckman 50 Ex J. Metzger Collection Ex Nomos Miletos was Alexander's first siege against the Persians. IONIA. Miletos Circa 350-325 BCE Bronze, 11 mm, 2.38 g Lion standing left, looking back; above, monogram of Miletos. Rev. Stellate pattern. Deppert-Lippitz 297-303. Weber 6041 Ex J. Metzger Collection Ex Nomos Tyre was Alexander's most exhausting siege, involving a causeway that still exists to the island. Phoenicia. Tyre. ‘Uzzimilk RY 10 = 340/39 BCE Shekel Silver, 20 mm, 8.21 g, 12 h Deity, holding reins in his right hand and bow in his left, riding hippocamp to right above two lines of waves; below, dolphin right. Rev. Owl standing right, head facing; crook and flail in background; to right, date and ' (in Phoenician). DCA 918. E&E-T 1146-8. HGC 10, 349 Ex collection of Dr. A. Drakul. Ex Leu Gaza may have been his bloodiest siege. Its king, Batis, so enraged Alexander that he dragged him like Hector through the town. PHILISTIA (PALESTINE), Gaza Circa 353-333 BCE AR Drachm 14mm, 3.94 g, 12h Imitating Athens pi-style coinage. Helmeted head of Athena right, with profile eye and pi-style palmette, Aramaic M horizonally on cheek (only traces visible) / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent to left. Gitler & Tal V.25D; HGC 10, 542 Ex CNG The destruction of Thebes stunned the Greeks and pretty much removed the thought of rebellion. This coin was minted a good deal before the siege, though I've often wondered if its owner never made it back from the encounter. Thebes, Boeotia AR stater 368-364 BCE 12.062g 21.2mm Kabi magistrate BCD Boiotia 539, BMC Central p.83, 150; SNG Cop 339; Hepworth 61 Ex Forum Ancient Coins And here's a bonus coin from a city that Alexander didn't take. The "attack" against Myndos (near to Halikarnassos) failed, so Alexander pulled back. It was taken over a year later by one of his generals. Evidently since this was an "attack" and not a "siege" and it was taken later, it didn't officially count on his win-loss record. I also have another coin on the way from Sillyon, who also repulsed Alexander. Rather than finishing the siege, he moved on to Thebes. Karia, Myndos 4th century BCE 1.2g, 12mm, 1h Laureate head of Poseidon to right / Dolphin to right over trident; MY above. SNG Copenhagen 1022 (Ionia); SNG Kayhan 847-848 Ex Roma 2018 Ex Roma 2020 Ex Roma 2022 Let's see some of your coins from sieges! 11 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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