ALEXANDER III THE GREAT GOLD STATER – EXCEPTIONAL HIGH GRADE RARE ISSUE OF CALLATIS UNLISTED IN PRICE – CHOICE MINT STATE 5-4 NGC GRADED GREEK MACEDONIAN SELEUCID COIN (Inv. 15509)
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III, the Great, 336-323 BC.
Gold stater, 8.48 g, 18 mm, posthumous issue perhaps of Callatis, ca. 315-311 BC
Obv. Head of Athena with a large Corinthian helmet, a snake ornament below the plume.
Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Nike standing facing looking to left, holding wreath in right hand and stylis over left shoulder, KΑΛ monogram in left field, TΣ monogram below right wing.
NGC graded as CHOICE MINT STATE, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, a stunning lustrous high-grade coin with the smallest detail discernible on the Nike. This variety, unlisted by Martin Price, belongs to the series the attributed to the mint of Callatis. Although the coin is unlisted by Price, the obverse die is executed by the same engraver as a die used for Price 916 (see for instance the specimen in the American Numismatic Society, NY: http://numismatics.org/collection/1965.77.107), so it clearly belongs to that grouping. It is a very rare variety, perhaps surviving in some 3-4 specimens. This is undoubtedly the very best.