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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 69. Estimate CHF4500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC. Stater (Gold, ), Babylon, c. 311-305. Head of Athena to right, wearing triple-crested Corinthian helmet adorned with a sphinx on the bowl, pendant earring and pearl necklace. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Nike standing left with her wings spread, holding laurel wreath in her right hand and stylis in her left; below wing to left, monogram within wreath; to left, ΜΙ. Price 3749. Very attractive and beautifully centered. Good extremely fine.

From the SF Collection, USA.

The appearance of a sphinx on the helmet, instead of the usual serpent, is notable and quite rare. The gold issues struck at Babylon are among the finest style staters struck in the name of Alexander III.