ALEXANDER THE GREAT SILVER TETRADRACHM – ISSUE OF MESAMBRIA WITH THE PORTRAIT FEATURES OF MITHRIDATES VI – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED GREEK THRACE COIN (Inv. 15641)
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III, the Great. 336–323 BC.
Silver tetradrachm, 33 mm, late posthumous issue minted at Mesambria, Thrace , ca. 125-65 BC.
Obv. Head of young Herakles right in lion skin headdress, with the features of Mithridates VI of Pontus.
Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter,∆IO in left field, MEΣAM in exergue.
Karayotov I 317 (O96/R313); Callataÿ Group 4, dies D5/R1; Price 1128
NGC graded CHOICE VF, the coins were minted in large quantities by the cities along the western coast of the Black Sea during the Mithridatic Wars and were likely used to pay mercenaries in the king’s armies. On some emissions of Mesambria and Odessus, the features of Herakles were altered to simulate those of Mithridates himself, undoubtedly in an effort to present the king as a new Alexander.