ALEXANDER THE GREAT GOLD STATER – RARE ISSUE OF CHALCEDON – MINT STATE NGC GRADED GREEK BITHYNIA COIN (Inv. 17252)
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. ALEXANDER III, THE GREAT, 336-323 BC.
Gold stater, 8.61 g, 18 mm. Posthumous issue of Chalcedon, ca. 250-225 BC.
Obv. Head of Athena right, wearing large Corinthian helmet with snake ornament below the plume. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Nike standing, looking left, holding wreath in right hand and stylis over left shoulder, ΚΑΛ monogram in left field, ΠΑ monogram in exergue.
Price, 916; 2 specimens currently in the Pella database, including coins in the American Numismatic Society and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Ex Roma Numismatics XXII, 10/7/2021, lot 278 and previously Numismatica Ars Classica 120, 10/6/2020, lot 345.
NGC graded MINT STATE, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, “brushed”, a very rare variety with great eye appeal. Although traditionally attributed to the Pontic city of Callatis, there is increasing evidence that many of these gold staters are issues of Chalcedon, the city on the Bosporus straits that along with Byzantium controlled maritime traffic with the Black Sea.
Published: Vilmar Numismatics FLP II, Winter 2021, no. 29.
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