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Printed Auction 40 Lot 34

KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III 'the Great.' 336-323 B.C. AR tetradrachm. 16.5 gm. 31 mm. Civic issue. Thrace, Odessos. Struck posthumously, circa 120-90 B.C. Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; ΘΕ to left, ΟΔΗ (civic) monogram below throne; ΒΑΣΛΙΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΧΑΝΔΡΟΥ vertically to either side. Price 1181. HGC 3.2, 1587. Good Extremely Fine; beautiful lightly iridescent tone; small mark on cheek on obverse. A splendid example of amazing style, sharply struck in high relief, and perfectly centered on a broad flan, with space before the portrait allowing for best effect.

From an American collection formed in the late 1940's and early 1950's.

This issue was struck to pay both Roman and Pontic legionnaires in the late second and early first centuries B.C., using the familiar types of Alexander III which were trusted by the soldiers. This example stylistically has a remarkable floral grandeur.

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