ALEXANDER GOLD STATER – UNUSUAL ISSUE OF BABLYON WITH M CONTROL LETTER ON OBVERSE – AU NGC GRADED GREEK MACEDONIAN COIN (Inv. 16552)
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III, the Great, 336-323 BC.
Gold stater, 8.57 g, 19 mm, Early posthumous issue minted at “Babylon”, ca. 323-317 BC
Obv. Head of Athena with a large Corinthian helmet, a snake ornament below the plume, M in left field.
Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡ[ΟΥ], Nike standing facing looking to left, holding wreath in right hand and stylis over left shoulder, ΛY below left wing.
NGC graded AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, “light marks,” an interesting variety with the M behind Athena helmet, the unusual placement of a letter/symbol on the obverse suggesting that it may be an artist’s signature.