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    A38, Lot 61:

    MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Pseudo-autonomous issue, temp. Severus Alexander. A.D. 222-235. Æ. 12.27 gm. 27 mm. Beroea mint. Diademed head of Alexander the Great right; ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ / Macedonia seated left on throne with back, holding Kabeiros; ΚΟΙΝΟΝ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ ΟΜΟΝΟΙ-Α around. AMNG III 333 var. (helmeted head on obverse). Very Fine; fine green patina; attractive, with a great portrait of Alexander. Rare variation, unpublished in Gaebler.

    The Koinon of the Macedonians was a confederation of Macedonian cities under a central government or king (or, under Roman rule, the Roman emperor). Rooted in the Hellenistic period, this central administration handled diplomatic issues both between member city-states and with foreign bodies. Coins issued in the name of the 'Macedonians' first appear during the reigns of Philip V and Perseus, and continued to appear under Roman rule. The Romans reorganized the Koinon around the imperial cult and put members of the local elite in charge. They organized and financed festivals and games, and were awarded Roman citizenship in return. The iconography of the Koinon issues (Alexander the Great, the Macedonian shield, and so on) reflect a powerful ethnic and civic identity that, as it was no longer a threat to Roman control, was allowed to flourish. (Howgego, Christopher; Heuchert, Volker; Burnett, Andrew, Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces. 2005.)

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    A38, Lot 62:

    MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Pseudo-autonomous issue, temp. Gordian III. A.D. 238-244. Æ. 11.95 gm. 25 mm. Beroea mint. Diademed head of Alexander the Great right; AΛEΞANΔPOC / Two prize urns, each containing palm frond, set upon agonistic table with decorated legs; urn set on ground under table; KOI MAKEΔONΩN B N EΩKO around. AMNG 461. Good Very Fine; well centered and well struck; pleasing green patina; bold attractive portrait of Alexander. Unusual and rare obverse inscription for this series.

    This coin commemorates the games held in Beroea that honored Alexander and had Olympic status, and is an important type.

    The Koinon of the Macedonians was a confederation of Macedonian cities under a central government or king (or, under Roman rule, the Roman emperor). Rooted in the Hellenistic period, this central administration handled diplomatic issues both between member city-states and with foreign bodies. Coins issued in the name of the 'Macedonians' first appear during the reigns of Philip V and Perseus, and continued to appear under Roman rule. The Romans reorganized the Koinon around the imperial cult and put members of the local elite in charge. They organized and financed festivals and games, and were awarded Roman citizenship in return. The iconography of the Koinon issues (Alexander the Great, the Macedonian shield, and so on) reflect a powerful ethnic and civic identity that, as it was no longer a threat to Roman control, was allowed to flourish. (Howgego, Christopher; Heuchert, Volker; Burnett, Andrew, Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces. 2005.)

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    A38, Lot 63:

    MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Pseudo-autonomous issue, temp. Gordian III. A.D. 238-244. Æ. 14.78 gm. 27 mm. Beroea mint. Diademed head of Alexander the Great right, with horn of Ammon; AΛEΞANΔPOY / Zeus seated left, holding Nike and long scepter; KOINON MAKEΔONΩN ΔIC NEΩKOP around. AMNG 526. Good Very Fine; attractive dark patina; bold portrait. Very rare variety.

    The Koinon of the Macedonians was a confederation of Macedonian cities under a central government or king (or, under Roman rule, the Roman emperor). Rooted in the Hellenistic period, this central administration handled diplomatic issues both between member city-states and with foreign bodies. Coins issued in the name of the 'Macedonians' first appear during the reigns of Philip V and Perseus, and continued to appear under Roman rule. The Romans reorganized the Koinon around the imperial cult and put members of the local elite in charge. They organized and financed festivals and games, and were awarded Roman citizenship in return. The iconography of the Koinon issues (Alexander the Great, the Macedonian shield, and so on) reflect a powerful ethnic and civic identity that, as it was no longer a threat to Roman control, was allowed to flourish. (Howgego, Christopher; Heuchert, Volker; Burnett, Andrew, Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces. 2005.)

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    A38, Lot 64:

    MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Pseudo-autonomous issue, temp. Gordian III. A.D. 238-244. Æ. 13.57 gm. 25 mm. Beroea mint. Dated year 275 (A.D. 244). Head of Alexander the Great right, wearing crested Attic helmet with griffin on bowl; AΛEΞANΔPOY / Alexander the Great on horseback right, brandishing spear; EOC (date) below, KOINON MAKEΔONΩN B NEΩKOP. AMNG 850. Good Very Fine; dark green and brown patina.

    Bucephalus or Bucephalas ("ox-head") was the horse of Alexander the Great, and one of the most famous horses of antiquity. Ancient accounts state that Bucephalus died after the Battle of the Hydaspes in 326 BC, in what is now modern Punjab Province of Pakistan, and is buried in Jalalpur Sharif outside Jhelum, Punjab, Pakistan.

    The Koinon of the Macedonians was a confederation of Macedonian cities under a central government or king (or, under Roman rule, the Roman emperor). Rooted in the Hellenistic period, this central administration handled diplomatic issues both between member city-states and with foreign bodies. Coins issued in the name of the 'Macedonians' first appear during the reigns of Philip V and Perseus, and continued to appear under Roman rule. The Romans reorganized the Koinon around the imperial cult and put members of the local elite in charge. They organized and financed festivals and games, and were awarded Roman citizenship in return. The iconography of the Koinon issues (Alexander the Great, the Macedonian shield, and so on) reflect a powerful ethnic and civic identity that, as it was no longer a threat to Roman control, was allowed to flourish. (Howgego, Christopher; Heuchert, Volker; Burnett, Andrew, Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces. 2005.)

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    A38, Lot 65:

    MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Pseudo-autonomous issue, temp. Gordian III. A.D. 238-244. Æ. 14.1 gm. 26 mm. Beroea mint. Dated year 275 (A.D. 244). Head of Alexander the Great right, wearing crested Attic helmet with griffin on bowl; AΛEΞANΔPOY / Lion advancing right; above, club to left and EOC (date); KOINON MAKEΔONΩN B NEΩK. AMNG 852. Good Very Fine; dark green patina.

    The Koinon of the Macedonians was a confederation of Macedonian cities under a central government or king (or, under Roman rule, the Roman emperor). Rooted in the Hellenistic period, this central administration handled diplomatic issues both between member city-states and with foreign bodies. Coins issued in the name of the 'Macedonians' first appear during the reigns of Philip V and Perseus, and continued to appear under Roman rule. The Romans reorganized the Koinon around the imperial cult and put members of the local elite in charge. They organized and financed festivals and games, and were awarded Roman citizenship in return. The iconography of the Koinon issues (Alexander the Great, the Macedonian shield, and so on) reflect a powerful ethnic and civic identity that, as it was no longer a threat to Roman control, was allowed to flourish. (Howgego, Christopher; Heuchert, Volker; Burnett, Andrew, Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces. 2005.)

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