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Alexander (the Great) III only reigned for 13 years, dying heirless, at the age of 33 years. During this time on the Macedonian throne he managed to conquer most of the known world, from Greece to India. He was born in 356BC to Philip II and took the throne in 336 on the assassination of his father. His coinage is vast and can be split into two periods:

 

During his reign, the so called lifetime issues (his father's coinage was used for a while during this period) were mint.

 

After his death, with no successor, the ruling void resulted in 4 decades of civil war and the coinage produced by the Diadochi (the generals taking power) has become known as the posthumous issues. 

 

The diadochi consisted of Alexander's 4 generals, his friend Lysimachos, who took Thrace and most of Asia Minor; Cassander ruled Macedonia and Greece; Ptolemy I (the most successful) Egypt, Palestine, Cilicia, Petra and Cyprus and Seleucus I Nicator the remainder of Asia.

 

Of the denominations issued from 336 to 280BC, gold staters, silver tetradrachms, hemidrachms and drachms were the most prolific, from many mints, and the coinage of Lysimachos has become sought after by collectors for its artistry and the possibility of having the likeness of Alexander on its obverse. However, his lifetime issues seem to be valued more by collectors.

   

Macedonia, Alexander III (the Great) Silver Tetradrachm, Lifetime Issue, 324-323BC, 

Susa Mint

 

 

Obv: Head of Hercules, right, clad in lion's skin

 

Rev: BASILEWS ALEXANDROY legend, Zeus seated left holding eagle and sceptre, monograms in left field and under chair

17.11g, 25mm

Ref: Price 3825

Grade: VF+, rare, very few examples recorded in Coin Archives

Prov: Ex Roma

 

£570 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask first)

In the Types and Style of Alexander III of Macedon, Kings of Thrace, Lysimachos AR Drachm, Lampsakos, 299-296BC

 

 

Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion kin headdress

Reverse: Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding sceptre; Pegasos forepart to left above lion's forepart, torch below throne, BASILEWS to right, LYSIMACHOS in exergue

18mm, 4.28g

Ref: Price L11, Muller 24, Thompson 35

Grade: VF+ a superb example although reverse is a little off centre

Prov: Ex Roma

£190 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Macedonia, Alexander III, AE Dichalkon, Amphipolis, Posthumous Issue, c320-317 BC

 

 

Obverse: Head of Herakles, right, wearing lionskin headdress

Reverse: Eagle standing right on keraunos (thunderbolt), head turned to left, ΑΛΕΞΑ-ΝΔΡΟΥ in field

Grade: Very fine example of this rarely seen coin 

16.5mm, 4.31g

Ref: SNG Cop 1025

Prov: Sold through Spink on two occasions

 

£120 SOLD

Kings of Thrace, Lysimachos, Silver Drachm, In Types of Alexander III, Teos, 301-297BC

 

 

Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress

 

 

 

Reverse: Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding sceptre and eagle; [ΒΑΣΙΛEΩΣ] below, ΛΥΣIMAX[OY] to right, griffin seated with monogram below in left field.

Ref: Muller 34

17mm, 4.11g

Grade: VF+/EF, scarce  type

 

£200 (+P&P, non-UK locations please ask about postage)

Kings of Macedon, Antigonos I Monophthalmos, Silver Drachm, In the name and Type of Alexander III, Kolophon, 310-301BC

 

Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress

 

 

Rev: Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, monograms in left field and Φ below throne, legend ALEXANDROY to right.  

Ref: Price P1823

17mm, 4.18g 

Grade: Very Fine+

 

£160 SOLD

 

Kingdom of Macedon, Reign of Philip III Arrhidaios, AR Tetradrachm, Type of Alexander (the Great) III, Babylon, 323-317BC

 

 

Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress

Rev: Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, monograms in left field and below throne, legend ΦIΛIΠΠO[Y] to right. Legend below in exergue.

Ref: Price P189

17.15mm, 28g 3h

Grade: Very Fine

 

 

 

£470 (P&P free to UK, other locations please ask)

Kingdom of Macedon, Reign of Kassander, AR Tetradrachm, In the Name and Type of Alexander (the Great) III, Amphipolis, 315-294BC

 

 

Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress

Rev: Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, torch monogram in left field and bee below throne, ALEXANDROY legend  to right. 

Ref: Price 453

17.17mm, 27g 6h

Grade: Very Fine +

 

 

 

£500 (P&P free to UK, other locations please ask)

Kings of Macedon, Salamis, In the Name of Alexander III (the Great) Bronze AE, 336-323 BC

 

Obverse: Macedonian shield, facing head of Medusa (gorgoneion) in center, five double crescents and five groups of five pellets alternating around

Reverse: crested Macedonian officer's helmet facing, flanked by B - A (BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY - King Alexander) and caduceus control below

13mm, 2.01g

Grade: Very fine, good detail for type, slightly weak to right of reverse

Ref: Price 3158  (alternative example on Greek Copper)

£70 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask) #48

Lysimachos, Thrace, Lysimacheia, Bronze AE, 323-281BC

 

Obverse: Young male head (or Athena) in creasted Corintian helmet, right

Reverse: Legend ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ above and below lion leaping to right, caduceus, monogram and spear-head beneath.

Ref: S6819, cf Muller 81 for monogram only

3.53g, 18mm

Grade: AVF

 

£48 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

 

Silver Drachm, In the Name of Alexander, Struck Magnesia ad Maeandrum c305-297BC

 

Obv: Head of Hercules right, clad in lion's skin headdress.

Rev: Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, N E in left field, monogram below throne, legend ALEXANDROY to right.

Ref: Price 1995

19mm, 4.02g

Grade Good Very Fine

 

£75 SOLD

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