Alexander tetradrachm (only one)

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  1. dadams

    dadams Supporter! Supporter

    I found it curious to be recently lamenting, to a friend, about my US coin stash that I haven't looked at in over a year and how back then I could have read a biography of Lincoln or Eisenhower and finding no desire to track down a nice Lincoln cent or Eisenhower dollar but when reading about ancient civilizations and personalities I'm inspired to seek out their coins to hold history in my hands.

    Recently, I delved in to Alexander the Great by Paul Cartledge and soon found myself on the hunt for an Alexander Tetradrachm.

    Here is the one I purchased:

    Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III (the Great), 336 - 323 BC. AR Tetradrachm.
    Amphipolis Mint, early posthumous issue, Struck c. 323-320 BC.
    Obv: Head of Alexander right in the guise of Herakles wearing lion-skin headdress.
    Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY; Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre; Macedonian helmet in left field.
    25 mm, 16.88g. Toned aXF
    Cf. Price 113
    Ex. Stacks, June 14 1993; Lot 62
    Ex. Pegasi Numismatics

    I also picked up a Drachm:

    Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III (the Great), 336 - 323 BC. AR drachm.
    Abydos mint., Struck c. 310-297 BC.
    Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress.
    Rev: AΛEΞANΔPOY; Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre.
    18 mm, 4.16 g. VF+
    Cf. Price 1584; SNG Cop 958.
    Ex. Pegasi Numismatics

    and previously all I had was this bronze:

    Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III (the Great), 336 - 323 BC. Æ half unit.
    Uncertain mint in Western Asia Minor, Struck c. 325-310 BC.
    Obv: Macedonian shield, facing head of Herakles on boss.
    Rev: Macedonian helmet, B-A across lower fields.
    16mm, 4.49g, 7h. aXF, Pleasant desert patina.
    Cf. Price 2802; SNG Alpha Bank 849 (no corn ear).
    Ex. ROMA-Numismatics-eSale27-Lot142 (unsold)
    Ex. @arnoldoe

    I'm quite pleased with this little Alexander collection, but will most likely seek out a lifetime Tet at some point. My apologies for the first two pictures which are mine and which are horrendous, complements to Roma Numismatics for the third.

    I'd love to see any and all Alexander coins so please post.
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  3. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    Wow, fantastic coins.

    I only have a posthumous yet

    Alexander III Tetradrachm.jpg
  4. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis Supporter

    Excellent pickups @dadams. That is an excellent tetradrachm!
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  5. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Very nice coins @dadams , my favourite is your new tetradrachm.

    Here is my lifetime issue.

    Alexander Price 6.jpg

    Kings of Macedon, Alexander III ‘the Great' (336-323 BC). AR Tetradrachm
    (26mm, 17.00g, 9h). Amphipolis, c. 332-326 BC.
    Obv: Head of Herakles r., wearing lion skin.
    Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated l.; janiform head in l. field.
    Price 6; Troxell, Studies, Issue A3. Some roughness, VF
    Saint Paul Antiques Auction 2 Lot 10, March 18, 2017.
  6. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter Dealer

    Super coins!

    Here's a lifetime issue. This coin has fantastic high relief on the obverse - I'll have to take some better pics tomorrow...


    Alexander III “The Great” 336-323 BC
    AR Tetradrachm, 28mm, 17.1g, 6h; Babylon mint, lifetime issue, 325-323 BC
    Obv.: Head of Herackles right, wearing lion skin.
    Rev.: Zeus Aetophoros seated left; in left field astragalos, above M; monogram below throne.
    Reference: Price 3611.
  7. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Your new tet is absolutely lovely!!
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  8. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Congrats Dadams , beautifull Tet ,nice picture too. Like the drachm too although it looks, its made of gold.

    2 lifetime Alexander tets:

    P1180358.JPG P1180368.JPG
  9. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    That is the very first step which started me down the path towards ancient coin collecting. There is nothing quite like it in the other branches of numismatics.

    BTW, fabulous coins!
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  10. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    That's a beauty! I find the deep tone on it very attractive.

    Here's one I haven't shown in awhile that's not even close to 'Lifetime'.

    Thrace Mesambria - ATG Tetradrachm.jpg
    THRACE, Mesembria
    AR Tetradrachm. 16.65g, 32.8mm. THRACE, Mesembria, circa 281-216 BC. In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Price 1026. O: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin. R: AΛEΞAN∆POY / BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; crested Corinthian helmet right in left field, OINIA below throne.
  11. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

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  12. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Very nice, @dadams! Coingrats!

    I've had two Alexander tets, both posthumous (and a drachm, of which no pictures survive).

    I bought one of those shield/helmet bronzes like yours, with very similar patina, but it was stolen from the dealer before he had a chance to ship it to me, so I never saw it (though I of course got a refund).

    (This first one now lives with @Aethelred)

    (This other, lower grade one was the first Greek silver I ever owned, back in the 1990s.)

  13. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

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  14. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    Incredible posts!! Wonderful examples of the 'type'!!!

    My best is the lifetime Tet I posted recently.

    Macedonian Kingdom. Alexander III 'the Great'. 336-323 B.C. AR tetradrachm (25 mm, 17.16 g, 1 h). Tarsos, lifetime issue, ca 333-327 B.C. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; below throne, B. Price 3000. Area of slight roughness above head of Herakles. Nicely toned. Extremely fine.

  15. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Beautifull lifetime Tet , Mikey.

    Here's a postumous struck under Demetrios:


    and one minted under Seleukos I Nicator, who put his own name on the reverse instead of Alexander's ,and I'll guess he also has his own portrait on the obverse instead of the portrait of Alexander-Hercules.

  16. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    I recently got this Alexander AE:


    17 mm. 4.31 grams.
    Head of young Herakles right
    bow and case above
    above club, K below
    Price 301, plate CXLVI "c. 336- c.323 BC"
  17. dadams

    dadams Supporter! Supporter

    WOW! Thanks for all the great coins and kind comments. I was almost equally as excited to have been able to track down the Stacks catalogue and prices realized sheet via Bryce Brown.

    Thanks again for posting all the wonderful coins!

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  18. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King

    I currently own two ATG Tetradrachms, this lifetime issue from Babylon:
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    And this posthumous issue:

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  19. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King

    BTW @dadams love that Tet, is this the one we talked about?
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  20. Svarog

    Svarog Well-Known Member

    Great coins everyone, here is one of a few: Tet88.JPG
  21. dadams

    dadams Supporter! Supporter

    Indeed here it is.

    Edited to add: when might @Aethelred break the news?
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