ALEXANDER THE GREAT SILVER TETRADRACHM – VERY RARE LATE ISSUE OF ODESSUS WITH MAGISTRATE NAME MISPELLED – CHOICE XF NGC GRADED GREEK THRACE COIN (Inv. 11359)
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III, the Great. 336–323 BC.
Silver tetradrachm, 15.86 g., 29 mm., late posthumous issue of Odessus, ca.125-70 BC, struck during the Mithridatic Wars.
Obv.Head of young Herakles right wearing the skin of the Nemean lion.
Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus enthroned left, holding scepter and eagle, ΟΔΗ monogram in left field, EΣΣTIAI below throne.
Price 1207 (citing only the BM specimen, struck from the same dies), also the sole specimen in Pella: http://www.numismatics.org/pella/results?q=1207
NGC graded CHOICE XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, an extremely rare issue struck at the end of the Mithridatic Wars likely to pay local mercenaries fighting for Mithridates VI. The issue exists in two variants, where the magistrate’s name is spelled either EΣTIAI (Price 1206) or EΣΣTIAI (Price 1207) as here. The latter variant may well be an engraver’s error and is exceedingly rare.