Assistance with Alexander Drachma

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  1. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    IMG_1005[3688]Alex drachma obv second.jpg IMG_1006[3692]Alex drachma rev second.jpg I have a drachma (NOT a tetradrachma) of Alexander the Great. It weighs in at 4.22 grams. I know these coins were issued after his death and in any number of mints. I wonder if some posters well versed in these coins could take a look at this enlarged image of the drachma. You will see a tiny human figure at the bottom and a horse or Pegasus at about eight o'clock and, of course, the eagle in the hand of Zeus. The surface in spots on the reverse is a bit rough and you can see where I removed some encrustations with baking soda paste and wooden toothpick. Can it be dated to the reign of Alexander or not, and the mint? Thanks for any assistance.
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  3. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    From what I see on ACsearch, these drachms with the forepart of Pegasos in the reverse left field and Artemis with torch under the throne were issued by Antigonos I Monophthalmos 310-301 BCE, in Lampsakos.
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  4. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    Thanks a lot for that information. I had no idea who that tiny figure at the bottom was though I did suspect it was a posthumous issue of somebody. Since I have no coin of Antigonos the One Eyed, I'll just move it on the tray and stick him next to Ptolemy I and they can glare at each other for a while. I don't think I have anything from Lampsakos. May I ask if you concluded thus from long experience with these coins or from a publication and if the latter could you tell me what it is. Thanks, again.
  5. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    I just went to ACsearch and plugged in the search terms "Alexander III drachm Artemis -tetradrachm". Of course, you have to be able to recognize those devices on the coin in order to search effectively, so it isn't always easy...

    I added "-tetradrachm" so the results wouldn't include that word, given that "drachm" is part of tetradrachm. @Severus Alexander taught me that search trick (I failed to read the instructions :D). It is very helpful when you are searching and have results littered with a particular type or denomination that is not what you're looking for. Just add a minus sign in front of the word to exclude it from the results.
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  6. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    Thanks, again. I will remember that trick.
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