KINGS of MACEDON. temp. Antigonos I Monophthalmos – Lysimachos.
|CNG 84, Lot: 300. Estimate $1500.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Circa 310-290 BC. AR Tetradrachm (28mm, 17.13 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. Unpublished. Superb EF.
From the Patrick H.C. Tan Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 42 (29 May 1997), lot 254.
The astragalos is only known for issues of Babylon and an uncertain mint (Price 4032). However, the style of the present coin certainly discounts an attribution to Babylon, and, while the Price 4032 type is not illustrated anywhere, the appearance of subsidiary symbols suggests it may not be a related issue. 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. Selge, though 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. The in contrast, the style and fabric suggest this coin was issued at a western, rather that southern, mint in Asia Minor.