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Offline Quant.Geek

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Macedonian Kingdom: Alexander III 'the Great' (336-323 BCE) Unit, Uncertain Western Asian Mint (Price 2799)

Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress
Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ; Bow in bow-case and club; below, race-torch left; c/m: uncertain object (possibly horse's head right) within circular incuse

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Bow in bow-case or bow behind bow case? I seem to remember that bow in bow case meant peace and outside was the symbol for struck in war time. Alexander knew little else than war time ...

Also, memory nags that all coins of Alexander were posthumous?

Peter
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Also, memory nags that all coins of Alexander were posthumous?

Not all coins are posthumous.  These coins, along with the tets, are broken down into two groups: lifetime and posthumous.  This particular coin is a lifetime issuance...

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Any general characteristic that can help one quickly distinguish a lifetime issue from a posthumous one?

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Any general characteristic that can help one quickly distinguish a lifetime issue from a posthumous one?

Typically, not easy without reliable sources.  You could, however, use the following general rules to distinigush lifetime tets from posthumous ones, but it is not foolproof:

  • Lifetime tetradrachms typically have AΛEΞANΔPOY as the legend whereas posthumous ones have BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY
  • Zeus' legs are not crossed over on lifetime tetradrachms, but are on posthumous ones
  • Posthumous ones, sometimes, have additive symbols behind Zeus' throne which are not present on lifetime tetradrachms
  • Typical attributes such as weight and flan size also matters

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Ram

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Great info. Thanks.

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Great detail on the reverse in this one !

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Thanks to these tips, I was able to find a lifetime issue Drachm (Price 1356 according to Wildwinds). Not the prettiest specimen, but affordable enough to make me happy.  :)

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For reference see, http://numismatics.org/pella/id/price.1356

Glad you got one, they are definitely nice coins.  Do post the image when you get a chance...

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For reference see, http://numismatics.org/pella/id/price.1356

Glad you got one, they are definitely nice coins.  Do post the image when you get a chance...

Ram
I am finding this link very useful. The site has quite a few specimens with Price references. Thank you.