Please look at Alexander AE19

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  1. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Please give me your opinion on this coin purchased from EBay.
    Alexander 3
    Heracles head
    Horse Prancing on rev.
    7.05 gms
    19 mm
    Macedonia mint B94A4115-C10E-426A-AFB2-63CCBC0E6FA1.jpeg 22D192E0-A6B5-4D1C-9F30-90C4AB1A2EBA.jpeg
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  3. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    I feel it's genuine. I'm no expert at all.
  4. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Not an expert either, but aren't these later coins? I thought Alex III were the bow type reverses, but a later successors in Macedonia. The portrait is always VERY different than Alex III issues.
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  5. Insider

    Insider Talent on loan from...

    I don't collect these but the "style" is not very pleasing. I pass because of that and the corrosion. Let's see what the authentication experts say. Good Luck.
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  6. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    I have a similar type for Kassander -
    Macedon - Kassander horse Jan 2021 (0b).jpg
    Macedonia Kingdom Æ 18
    (c. 305-297 B.C.)
    Pella or Amphipolis mint

    Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin / BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAΣΣANΔΡO[Y] above and below youth on horse right, YΠ? monogram right field, Θ? below.
    Mionnet I, 783 ? (see reverse).
    (5.68 grams / 18 mm)

    Macedon - Kassander horse lot May 2020 (0).jpg
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  7. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    I am not sure now if it is Alexander, Kassander, or what..Who is Greek Expert.?
  8. Insider

    Insider Talent on loan from...

    Marsyas Mike,

    Your coins have style. Note the letters on the OP's coin. Where are all the knowledgeable ancient posters? Right now, all I know is the OP's coin is either genuine, Barbaric, or fake. :yawn:
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  9. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Thanks, I bought it sometime ago. Not sure Alexander coins in bronze had the prancing horse.
  10. Herodotus

    Herodotus Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it looks like Kassander...akin to the coin pictured below:
    KINGS of MACEDON. Kassander. (305-298 BC). Æ18 (18.5mm, 6.66 g). Uncertain mint.
    Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
    Reverse: Rider on horseback right, raising right hand in salute; star to right, Λ below, T below raised foreleg.
  11. romismatist

    romismatist Active Member

    I would agree with the consensus that it is genuine, but I also agree that it's not Alexander but a later ruler. All the Alexander reverses I'm familiar with have the bow and club with either "Alexander" or "king" in between them.

    It does kind of look like Kassander... see this example on VCoins which sold recently. Looks like the same reverse with the same letters in the fields, although the legend above the rider's head doesn't seem to match, so it could be another ruler...
  12. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    Kassander Most likely... here’s mine:
  13. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Thanks very much. I believe as you this is a Kassander, I shall so label..
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  14. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    It looks like there are two Lambdas in the middle of the reverse inscription above the rider. That would make this Philip III. And yes, it does look genuine.


    Keep an eye on that little spot of green at 1:00 on the reverse. If you see powder start to accumulate, that would indicate bronze disease. It is easy, but absolutely critical, to treat a coin with bronze disease. Left untreated, it will eventually destroy your coin.
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  15. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    I see no reason to doubt it.
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  16. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Phillip 3 it is and thanks
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