CELTS OF THE LOWER DANUBE SILVER DRACHM – IMITATIVE ISSUE RELATED TO ALEXANDER’S LYKAONIAN SERIES – CHOIC AU STAR NGC GRADED GREEK CELTIC COIN (Inv. 11300)
CELTIC. Ca. 3rd century BC.
Silver Drachm of Alexander III type, 3.92 g., 18 mm.
Obv. Head of young Herakles right wearing the skin of the Nemean lion.
Rev. ΑΛΕΞ (garbled), Zeus enthroned left, holding scepter and eagle, wreath with letter control symbol in left field.
Cf. Price B17, related by control, this specimen of significantly more abstracted style.
NGC graded CHOICE AU STAR, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, exceptional for issue. A fascinating and rare drachm, this piece is related to a series of Alexander tetradrachms struck at an unidentified Eastern Mint (cf. Price B3-B4 and B36 for these). These tetradrachms are also sometimes identified as “Celtic issues from Lykaonia” and this drachm seems readily associated with them as their corresponding lower denomination.