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Ancient Greek, Kings of Macedon Antigonos I Monophthalmos in the Name and Types of Alexander III (the Great) 318-301 BC

Denomination: Silver drachm

Period: During the Diadoch wars, after Alexander's death

Date: 318-301 BC

Origin: Magnesia on the Maeander mint

Condition: EF

Obverse: Head of Herakles, right, wearing lion-skin headdress 

Reverse: Zeus Aetophoros seated, left; monogram in left field and below throne, For Alexander (written in Greek behind)

Size and Weight: 17.5mm, 4.09g

References: Price 1970

Features and Provenance: Antigonos I Monophthalmos (meaning one-eyed) was a nobleman from Macedon and a general under Alexander the Great and previously his father, Philip II. At the time of Alexander’s premature death in 323 BC, at the age of 32, Antigonos was already 60. As Alexander had no heir, the vast lands that he had accrued were then split between his generals to run as satrapies. Things didn’t go smoothly, but after wars to settle their entitlement, (he was now supreme commander) Antigonos became king in 306 BC at the age of 76! He died in 301 BC. Our coin was struck between 318-301BC with, what some think is the likeness of Alexander as Herakles on the obverse.

 

 

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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