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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.
Caria, Isl, of Rhodes Types of Alexander III Signed By ΔΑΝ (Danaos)
Circa 205-190 BC.
AR Tetradrachm (34mm, 17.21g, 12h.)
Obs. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion’s skin headdress signed ΔΑΝ on the lip.
Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, holding eagle on extended right hand and sceptre in left; PO beneath throne, monogram above rose in left field.
Reference: Price 2513 var.; F.S. Kleiner, ANSMN 17, 1971, 106 (H-21) = SNG Berry 320 (same obverse die).
NGC Certification Number: 4283554-001
NGC Grade: AU* 5×4
Comments On This Specimen: Full panchet, bold strike, sensitive rose, realistic eye.
Ex Gorny & Mosch 169, 13 October 2008, lot 554;
Ex Künker 67, 9 October 2001, lot 409.
Very rare, one of the few examples of a signed die in the Alexander series! Struck on an immense flan, with a clear signature. Scattered surface marks, otherwise, a superb coin.
The letters Δ-Α-Ν on the lip of the lion’s mouth appears to be the signature of a Rhodian die engraver, who was sufficiently proud of his accomplishment that he felt it was appropriate to sign his name on the die. ΔΑΝ might stand for Danaos, a well-attested Rhodian name that is well evidenced in the numismatic record, and which was borne by mythical founder of Rhodos.
This is one of very few known cases of an artist signing his work on a Hellenistic tetradrachm.
Exquisite Style, remarkable three-dimensional work of numismatic art.
$12,110.0017% off $12,110.0017% off
Circa 5th-4th century B.C.
Hekte (11mm, 2.67g.)
Obs. Kekrops to left, his body ending in a coiled serpent’s tail, leaning on an olive branch held in his right hand, his left at his side; below, tunny fish to left.
Rev. Quadripartite incuse square.
Reference: Cf. BMFA 1499 (stater). SNG France 306. Von Fritze I, 158. A fine example of this unusual and extremely rare issue.
NGC Certification Number: 4241286-010
NGC Grade: AU 4×4
Comments On This Specimen: Almost perfect strike and surface, Extremely fine. Our coin is of the highest rarity, one of the finest specimens known of this issue. One of 12 Known!
Kingdom of Macedon Alexander III Unlisted In M. Price
(Uncertain mint in Phoenicia or Syria.)
Circa 336-323 BC.
AR Tetradrachm (16.98g, 26mm)
Obs. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion’s skin headdress r., behind the ear a curved dot line
Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, holding eagle on extended right hand and sceptre in left; in front of it monogram from ΛE (?), in exergue: BAΣIΛEΩΣ.
NGC Certification Number: 4278618-006
NGC Grade: Ch AU 5×4
Reference: Price Unlisted In M. Price
Comments On This Specimen: Choice example, exceptional style, well struck.
Ex Private US Collection
Aside from its superb condition, what makes this coin quite exceptional is the astounding artistry of the die engraving. The style is distinctively Eastern, with the typical rounded head of Herakles that is perfectly adjusted to the flan and carries a flamboyant hairstyle. However, this headdress features a unique arrangement of dots curved in a line behind the ear. It looks as if it could be embedded jewelry. The reverse, on the other hand, offers us a splendid, naturalistic rendering of the King of the Gods, whose posture and facial expression show an authority and serenity that is both powerful and awe-inspiring.
The rarity of this coin cannot be overstated. Again, it is the only one of its kind in the world.
Nikokles, Cyprus, Paphos in name of Alexander III
Circa 325-310/9 BC.
AR Tetradrachm (28mm, 17.04 g.)
Posthumous issue of ‘Paphos’, under Nikokles, king of Paphos, ca. 325-317 BC.
Obs. Head of Heracles r., wearing lion’s skin headdress; on lion’s mane, [NIKOKΛEOYΣ].
Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY Zeus Seated l.; holding eagle in r. hand and sceptre in l.; in l. field, monogram, and below the throne, laurel spring.
Reference: Price 3123. May, Paphos 7, pl. 1, 9. Tziambazis 11.
NGC Certification Number: 4633055-003
NGC Grade: AU 4×4 Fine Style
Comments On This Specimen: Very rare. Old cabinet tone, struck on a narrow flan, otherwise extremely fine
Ex Sternberg sale XXV, 1991, 164.
Ex NAC, Auction 106 Part I, 9 – 10 May 2018, 307