Ancient Greek, Kings of Macedon, Alexander The Great AE18, 336-316 BC

Denomination: Bronze AE19

Period: Reign of Alexander the Great, posthumous issue

Date: 323-310 BC

Origin: Uncertain mint in Asia Minor

Condition: Very fine+, counterstamp on reverse, dark olive patina

Obverse: Head of Hercules in lionskin headdress

Reverse: Bowcase (gorytos) and club, BASILEOS between, filleted torch below

Size and Weight: 19mm, 6.32g

References: Price 2799

Features and Provenance: Alexander (the Great) III reigned for only 13 years, dying at the age of 33. During his time on the Macedonian throne he managed to conquer most of the known world, from Greece to India. He was born in 356 to Philip II and succeeded to the throne in 336 BC on the assassination of his father. At Alexander's own death, he was heirless and with no successor, the ruling void resulted in four decades of civil war. His four generals split his lands between themselves and many called themselves king after a period of acceptance. The head of Herakles or Hercules on the obverse of the coin is supposed to have the likeness of Alexander, but this has never been proven.

The gorytos was a foreshortened combination bow case and quiver in one, made of leather, it was slung from an ancient archer's left hip with the opening to the rear.

 

 

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

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