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Alexander's Drachm from Tyre or Sidon ?


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What makes you think Tyre or Sidon? Those mints didn't really produce many drachms, you can see the short list of them here (I included Ake for good measure as Price attributed tetradrachms from Tyre to Ake).

None of those examples seem to have a throne back and you can make out the beginnings of one in your drachm (3-4 dots vertically behind Zeus).

I had a look through some mints I thought it could be but didn't find anything. I think it's going to be hard to identify without having a better idea about what the control marks or monograms might be. The portrait does look somewhat distinctive with that big nose however, so if you find some candidates it should be easy to spot the style.

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1 hour ago, Kosmas said:

I found these @Kaleun96

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The last one is a good suggestion, I specifically looked at drachms from Susa because I thought the throne design seemed a bit more eastern than Asia Minor. That particular example does have the dotted throne back and the large dots without straight lines forming the throne legs but I don't think it's a match for the type. I didn't find any other drachms from Susa that might be a more suitable match either.

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10 minutes ago, Kaleun96 said:

The last one is a good suggestion, I specifically looked at drachms from Susa because I thought the throne design seemed a bit more eastern than Asia Minor. That particular example does have the dotted throne back and the large dots without straight lines forming the throne legs but I don't think it's a match for the type. I didn't find any other drachms from Susa that might be a more suitable match either.

I think it's a susa or eastern mint lifitime issue . @Kaleun96

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5 minutes ago, Kosmas said:

I think it's a susa or eastern mint lifitime issue . @Kaleun96

Hard to say if it's a lifetime issue, my guess would be "possible lifetime" at best but still could be posthumous. I'm not sure I can even make out whether the legend is Alexander or Philip, is the legend clearer in-hand?

The Eastern mints in particular started minting later and it also typically took longer for stylistic changes like the royal title or crossed legs to make it to those mints. Consequently, you can find drachms from Eastern mints that are definitely posthumous yet have uncrossed legs and no royal title.

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