ALEXANDER THE GREAT GOLD STATER – 1 OF 3 KNOWN SPECIMENS OF SUPER RARE LIFETIME ISSUE OF MAGNESIA – XF NGC GRADED GREEK MACEDONIAN COIN (Inv. 15380)
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III, the Great, 336-323 BC.
Gold stater, 8.54 g, 19 mm. LIFETIME emission from Magnesia mint, dated to 325-323 BC
Obv. Head of Athena with a large Corinthian helmet, a snake ornament below the plume, ram’s head right at bottom.
Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY, Nike standing facing looking to left, holding wreath in right hand and stylis over left shoulder, ram’s head left in left field.
Price 1923 (= British Museum specimen, ex famous Grand Duke Alexander Mihailovich collection)
NGC graded XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, of the highest rarity, this stater seemingly 1 of perhaps 3 known of this fascinating variety.
The phenomenon of introducing a control symbol on the obverse of a coin is very rare for the Alexander series. There are several varieties from the Magnesia mint that feature a large ram’s head on the obverse, a symbol that also frequently appears on the reverses of that mint, likely as a symbol of the city. All of these varieties with the ram head are seldom seen, however the present one, with ram symbols on both obverse and reverse, appears to be the exceptionally rare, with perhaps only 3 specimens attested.