Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 538Auction date: 10 May 2023
Lot number: 83

Price realized: 300 USD   (Approx. 274 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

KINGS of MACEDON. temp. Antigonos I Monophthalmos – Lysimachos. Circa 310-290 BC. AR Tetradrachm (28mm, 16.88 g, 11h). In the name and types of Alexander III. Uncertain mint in western Asia Minor. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; astragalos in left field. CNG 102, lot 239; CNG 91, lot 144 = CNG 84, lot 300 = CNG 42, lot 254; Roma 57, lot 274; otherwise unpublished. Lightly toned, a couple of nicks on reverse. VF. Extremely rare, only three in CoinArchives.

From the Don T. Hayes Collection.

The astragalos is only known for issues of Babylon and an uncertain mint (Price 4032). However, the style of the two known coins of this issue certainly discounts a relationship to either of those. In the prior sale of this coin, it was speculated that this is an issue of Selge in Pisidia, which commonly featured astragaloi on its coinage. However, Selge is not known to have issued any Alexander coinage, and for such an early issue as this coin, one cannot assume any symbol is a civic badge. In contrast, the style and fabric suggest this issue is from a mint in western Asia Minor; it is most similar to the obverse dies used on early posthumous Alexander tetradrachms from Miletos.

Estimate: 200 USD