MAZAEUS GOLD DOUBLE DARIC – EXCEEDINGLY RARE LARGE GOLD OF THE ALEXANDRINE EMPIRE – XF NGC GRADED GREEK BABYLONIA COIN (Inv. 14378)
BABYLONIA. ALEXANDRINE EMPIRE.
Gold double daric, 17.31 g, 22 mm, struck under Mazaeus as Satrap, ca. 331-328 BC, employing his types.
Obv. Baaltars enthroned left, holding eagle, grain ear, grapes and scepter.
Rev. Lion attcking bull left, within square.
Cf. Treasures of Ancient Bactria (Miho Museum, 2002), nos. 44 a and b var (lion and bull facing right); for the Mazaeus silver stater prototype see Casabonne Series 2, group C, for instance SNG Levante 106.
NGC graded XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5 “flan flaw.” Essentially a gold version of Mazaeus’ famous silver staters of Tarsus in Cilicia, this piece shares their type but lacks any legend. It is likely an early emission struck by Mazaeus as he changed allegiance from the Persians to Alexander and appears to be an overstrike over another coin, possibly a double daric with the Persian king that circulated under the Persians (the bands discernible in reverse field are suggestive of the reverse types characteristic of these coins). This piece is an exceedingly rare variant with the lion and bull facing left, the best graded in a population of 3 encapsulated by NGC.