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Offline mitresh

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Greece, Alexander III 'The Great' of Macedon, Gold Stater, 8.58g, 18mm, Sardes/Asian mint
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Re: Alexander III 'The Great' of Macedon: A well centered Gold Stater
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2013, 05:24:21 PM »
Hmm, of all the beautifull coins you have shown i am the least enthousiastic about this one  :-[.
To blame for this is the Nike side. Usually she impresses as a beauty in a glance. I'm sorry to say that in this example she seems not really pretty ?  I think the head is too big, the facial structures and nose are rather crude. In addition her right arm and hand look a bit odd.

What is the object in the lower left field supposed to be ? it does not resemble any monogram or object i've seen. I tried to look for other examples of Sardes mint. I found several, but with other field symbols, and for me nicer sculpture.

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Re: Alexander III 'The Great' of Macedon: A well centered Gold Stater
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013, 05:36:22 PM »
The object on the lower left field on the reverse is head of a ram. Yup, its not the prettiest but I liked the centering of the Obverse die which is what caught my fancy.
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Re: Alexander III 'The Great' of Macedon: A well centered Gold Stater
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013, 07:04:34 PM »
I think i have to study a bit on the ram's head before i can distinguish it as such  :).

The beauty of the obverse, both numismatic and pictorial, for me is no matter of controversy !