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90050141
Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 141. Estimate CHF5000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF6500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC. Stater (Gold, 8.56 g 1), struck under Seleukos I, Babylon, circa 311-305. Head of Athena to right, wearing triple-crested Corinthian helmet adorned with serpent 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; to left, ΜΙ; to right, monogram within wreath. Price 3748. A superb piece, beautifully centered. Extremely fine.


This piece was struck under the auspices of Selelukos I. The quality of the die cutting at Babylon is surprisingly fine: the coins struck there and at Memphis are among the finest style of all Alexander staters.