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Nomos 1 6 May 2009
Widder Hotel, Zürich
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Lot 51
Estimate: 600 CHF
KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 4.37 g 12), Kolophon, 323-319. Head of Herakles to right with lion skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on backless throne, holding eagle in his right hand and long scepter with his left; to left, eight-rayed star; to right, lance-head upwards. Price 1759. Lustrous and attractive. Good extremely fine.


Vast numbers of drachms were struck in the name of Alexander III in order to pay his soldiers. Greek mercenaries received two kinds of pay, a daily allowance for food and supplies and a monthly rate paid in a lump sum at the end of their enlistment. Drachms, hemidrachms and obols served to pay the daily rate, while tetradrachms and, above all, gold staters, were used for final payments (thus the great popularity of Philip II’s gold staters among the Celts who copied the originals their soldiers brought back with them after their service in the Macedonian armies). A cavalryman might well receive a drachm a day for sustenance; foot soldiers earned three obols.
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Online bidding closes: 06 May 2009 14:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 22 Mar 2019 23:55:24 CET
Remaining Time: Closed
Hammer Price: 975 CHF

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Lot 51
Estimate: 600 CHF
Hammer Price: 975 CHF
KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 4.37 g 12), Kolophon, 323-319. ...
Lot 52
Estimate: 600 CHF
Current Bid: No Bids
KINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios. 323-317 BC. Drachm (Silver, 4.30 g 12), Kolophon. Head of Hera ...
Lot 53
Estimate: 7000 CHF
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
KINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios. 323-317 BC. Stater (Gold, 8.62 g X), Abydos, 318/7 . Head of A ...