Kingdom of Macedon, portrait of Alexander the Great gold stater
Struck under Philip III c322-319 BC after the death of his 1/2 brother Alexander the Great.
Obverse bust likeness of Alexander instead of Apollo. Deifying Alexander.
Struck at the Colophon Mint, identified by the tripod on the reverse, extremely rare.
A splendid Hellenistic portrait of the finest style, a superb specimen that’s well centered with excellent eye appeal.
The uncanny resemblance of the facial features seen on this type to known portraits of Alexander leave little doubt that an uncommonly talented die engraver did a masterful job evoking the great conqueror with this magnificent depiction. Alexander’s portrait was likely placed on the obverse in an attempt to legitimize the new haphazard regime, associating the image of the well-known ruler to denote his blessing.
Colophon is the city to which it is tentatively attributed, the tripod symbol linking it to an issue in the name of Philip III. Colophon was an ancient city in Ionia and one of the oldest of the twelve cities of the Ionian League.
This example is considered Condition Rarity and Condition Census and the only one known on the market today.
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