Kingdom of Macedon Alexander III Extremely Rare ‘Ecbatana’


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Kingdom of Macedon Alexander III Extremely Rare ‘Ecbatana’

Circa 336-323 BC.

AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 16.98g, 8h.)

Posthumous issue of ‘Ecbatana’, under Peithon, ca. 323-317 BC.

Obs. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion’s skin headdress, paws tied before neck.

Rev. AΛEΞANΔPOY-BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus enthroned left, right leg drawn back, feet on the ground line, eagle in right hand, scepter in left; Δ in left field, ?Ω above strut.

Reference: Price 3956

NGC Certification Number: 4680424-069
NGC Grade: Ch AU 4×4

Comments On This Specimen:

Extremely rare – only one example found in sales archives.

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Historical Study:
As with most of the eastern Alexandrine mints, there has been little study of the pre-Seleukid issues at Ecbatana. Unlike other mints, though, only three issues are possible for the pre-Seleukid coinage at Ekbatana: Price 3956, P221, and P222. The style and hoard context of these coins make their placement at an eastern mint certain, but their attribution to Ecbatana is not firm. Price sees a connection of the Zo- of these issues and the Zod- of the Seleukid issues, but this has not yet been conclusively proven. Interestingly, though Alexander placed his treasury at Ekbatana, no coins are known to even possibly belong there during his lifetime. Therefore, if the placement of these Zo- issues are confirmed to belong at Ecbatana, they would be the earliest Alexandrine coinage there.

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