Help about 7 tetradrachms of Alexander III the Great

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by gogili1977, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Hello, one seller offers me these 7 tetradrachms of Alexander III, weights of 17 grams. I do not know enough about Greek coins, so help me if they are genuine and if they are what would be a good choice.
    150eur
    Alexander III tetradrachm 1-150e.jpg
    170eur
    Alexander III tetradrachm 2-170e.jpg
    150eur
    Alexander III tetradrachm 3-150e.jpg
    130 eur
    Alexander III tetradrachm 4-130e.jpg
    120eur
    Alexander III tetradrachm 5-120e.jpg
    80eur
    Alexander III tetradrachm 6-80e.jpg
    90eur
    Alexander III tetradrachm 7-90e.jpg
    Thanks
     
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  3. altaycoins

    altaycoins Junior Member

    they look fine. last four has even test cuts (fakes can also have but still...) If you are in doubt you can also ask for the photos of the edges.
     
  4. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    I think photos of the edges are necessary. They may look fine, but for a few seconds I felt that I don't really like what I see. Please Take this from an absolutely no-expert.
     
  5. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Supporter! Supporter

    They seem priced high to me, especially for the amount of wear.
     
  6. altaycoins

    altaycoins Junior Member

    I aggree the price is too much for this condition.
     
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  7. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    They look genuine from the photos, the prices are average retail.
     
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  8. David@PCC

    David@PCC Well-Known Member

    My advice is if you are willing to spend 170 euro/$200 then spend a little more and buy one with better detail.
     
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  9. Nyatii

    Nyatii I like running w/scissors. Makes me feel dangerous

    I am far from an expert, however I've done a lot of casting. A couple of them just look more like cast metal than struck. Especially the last one with the dimples under the seat.
     
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  10. altaycoins

    altaycoins Junior Member

    It can happen if the flan was too hot when it is stroked. So checking the edges are essential.
     
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  11. Nyatii

    Nyatii I like running w/scissors. Makes me feel dangerous

    OK. Like I said, I'm far from being an expert. I did know to check the edges though.
     
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  12. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for advice, I decide to skip this purchase.
     
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  13. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Or look for one at that price with better detail.
     
  14. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Seven is just too many...or is it...
     
  15. altaycoins

    altaycoins Junior Member

    It might be above the budget but still something to appreciate, the best specimen that I have ever seen.

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  16. TheRed

    TheRed Supporter! Supporter

    I'm not sure how I missed this thread, but some how I did.

    While I agree with the others on coins 2-7, the first coin looks to be an early Seleucid from Laodicea ad Mare (modern day Latakia). Its certainly from Seleukos I thru Antiochos II Theos so circa 300 BC to 246 BC. I don't have access to my copy of Houghton & Lorber so this is just a guess, but I think it is probably a posthumous issue in the name of Seleukos I struck under Antiochos II Theos based on the control marks and style of bust. If the seller is willing to come down from 150eur it would be a decent pick-up as Laodicea ad Mare is a lot less common than some other Seleucid mints.
     
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  17. David@PCC

    David@PCC Well-Known Member

    You are correct! it is Antiochus I series 3.
     
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  18. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Nice coin, how reliable is the thought that uncrossed legs signifies a lifetime issue?
     
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  19. Nathan401

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  20. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Thank you TheRed, this seller usually accepted my offers for coins, which is 15% lower than the original price. So the price of this tetradrachm would be around 125 eur, would it be a good price-quality ratio?
     
  21. TheRed

    TheRed Supporter! Supporter

    Well, I was close, but guessed the wrong Antiochos. With the Seleucids all it takes is the name Antiochos and you cover around 1/3 of their rulers. Have you ever read Houghton's article on the mint of Laodiciea ad Mare? I've never seen it available and am wondering where it can be found.

    @gogili1977 I would really want to see it in hand, if possible. The coin has a nice flan, but I would want to see how much detail is visible in person vs the photo. Only going on the photos, I would ask for a lower price. If the dealer wasnt willing to come down lower than 125eur I would probably buy it since I collect Seleucid tets and it is a less common mint of theirs. If you don't care about those factors and just want an Alexander III tet than I would say save your money and pass on the coin.
     
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