(Man does the look on Bucephalus face steal the show on this amazing mosaic) It's the only tet or Drachm for that matter with a Macedonian shield represented as a control mark on it. But the one I bought had to be in decent condition... that is the shield had to be in decent condition. It's a rare coin that's hard to come by. All the harder due to the fact that it's not just of the ever popular and abundant Herakles wearing lion skin variety, it's a lifetime coin. Meaning some folks don't even care about that sweet round symbol of Macedonian masculinity. They just want a coin that can be dated to the lifetime of the great one. Usually they'll look something like this (the images of the three reverses below are borrowed from the ANS site, shout out to @Ed Snible for pointing this resource out to me!) http://numismatics.org/search/results?q=Alexander+tetradrachm+price+57) Too much wear to even call it a shield. Of course, who wouldn't want a cherry version where all details of the basic shield design are visible: As we see the shield boss (center) is simply an Omphalos (naval). Here's the design on a few bronzes of mine: Alexander III 'the Great' 336-323 BC Ae. Uncertain mint in Asia Minor.Obv: Macedonian shield w/ omphalos boss.Rev: K. Bow in bow-case, club and grain ear.Price -; Liampi M 11; AMNG I 207-8 (Kallatis). Diameter: 15mm Weight: 2.16gr Condition: Very Fine Provenance: From a Private UK Collection. Ex: Ares numismatics Alexander III 'the Great' (336-323 BC). Ae. Kaunos Obv: Macedonian shield with pellet in three circles on boss/ omphalos. Rev: Macedonian helmet; grain-ear to l., K to r. Price 2072. Condition: Near extremely fine. 3,26 g.14.56 mm. Seleucus I AR Hemiobol, Antioch on the Orotnes 300-281 BCE 0.49 gr 8MM OBV: Omphalos on Macedonian Shield. Rev: BA έE, elephant head right. Dotted border. Left field N Ref: SC 14 But then something weird and much more rare exists. Still listed as a Price 57, this type appears to show something other than an Omphalos on the shield design: What is it? A lion, a gorgon, a Pac-Man??? Which brings me to my latest heritage win. A lifetime Alexander tet with the strange design on the shield. I just won the coin and don't have it in hand to free from that hideous tomb. But did my best to give the illusion of a free coin in my second pic: Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR tetradrachm (28mm, 10h). ANACS XF 40. Lifetime issue of Amphipolis, ca. 336-323 BC. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress, paws tied before neck / AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus seated left on backless throne, left leg drawn back, feet on ground line, eagle in right hand, scepter in left; Macedonian shield in left field. Price 57. I'd love to hear if anyone has ideas as to what is represented on the shield, if anyone has explored this subject before, see all your ATG tets (or your favorite Lion skin wearing Herakles, MSCs or anything that adds to the fun!