obolos 15
24. May 2020
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Lot 118
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
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KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. (Bronze, 15 mm, 3.04 g, 4 h), uncertain mint in Macedon, most likely Amphipolis, c. 336-332. Head of Herakles in lion's skin headdress to right. Rev. AΛEΞA-[N]ΔPOY Club over bow to left; above club and bow to right, monogram of YE (?); all within a circular linear border. Unpublished in the standard references but for a similar example in Obolos 11, (2018), 115. Extremely rare without the quiver and of particular importance, being probably the prototype for the quiver/club series. Of unusually fine condition and with a lovely dark green patina. Die break on the reverse, otherwise, very fine.



This is a very strange and special coin. The bronze coins of Alexander III with the depiction of the weapons of Herakles from a well-known and very extensive series; there are very many preserved pieces, which come from a huge variety of mints. All the surviving examples of this type depict the weapons of Herakles: the club, and the bow with its bowcase (quiver). The present coin is special in many ways. First of all the quiver has been omitted; then the way the depiction is arranged is completely unusual for the type since we see the club over the bow at the center, with the inscription, divided into two horizontal lines, placed above and below. This coin looks extremely close, both stylistically and iconographically, to the chalkoi produced by the settlement of the Epeiros of Thasos (Krenides) minted in 360-356 BC (Le Rider, Thasiennes 29 & SNG ANS 646-647); in fact, that is probably the prototype for our coin, and through it, the prototype of the entire Weapons of Herakles series of Alexander. The date that we propose for the minting is based both on the appearance of the same monogram on other bronze coins of Alexander of the usual types, and also because the style of the head of Herakles is quite close to those found on the minor gold coins of Philip II and the first period of the coinage of Alexander, those with the standing eagle(s) on the reverse, which were struck in Amphipolis.
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24 May 2020 15:59:00 CEST
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24 Sep 2020 14:31:02 CEST
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650 CHF by MailBidder2339 (Bids: 9)

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Lot 118
Starting Price: 75 CHF
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. (Bronze, 15 mm, 3.04 g, 4 h), uncertain mint in Macedon, most likely Amphipolis, c. 336-332. Head of Herakles in lion's skin headdress to right. Rev. AΛEΞA-[N]ΔPOY Club over bow to left; above club and bow to right, monogram of YE (?); all within a circular linear border. Unpublished in the standard references but for a similar example in Obolos 11, (2018), 115. Extremely rare without the quiver and of particular importance, being probably the prototype for the quiver/club series. Of unusually fine condition and with a lovely dark green patina. Die break on the reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Lot 119
Starting Price: 200 CHF
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26.5 mm, 17.17 g, 7 h), Myriandos or Issos, 325-324/3. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟ Zeus seated left on high-backed throne, holding eagle in his right hand and scepter in his left; in field to left, monogram; below throne, monogram of ΜΙ. Newell, Myriandros 20, obv. die IX. Price 3221. Well-struck, carefully centered and clear example. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Lot 120
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16.5 mm, 4.28 g, 7 h), Lampsakos, c. 328/5-323. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated to left on a backless throne, holding eagle on his outstretched right hand and long scepter in his left; in field to left, Artemis Phosphoros standing facing, holding two torches; below throne, Δ. Price 1354. ADM II Series V. Bright, lustrous and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
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