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247, Lot: 43. Estimate $200.
Sold for $425. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC. AR Drachm (16mm, 4.17 g, 2h). Tyre mint. Struck under Menes. Dated RY 22 of Azemilkos (328/7 BC). Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; -|O above ||= (date) in left field. Price 3255; Newell, Sidon -; Asia Minor 1964 Hoard 88 (same dies); CNG 67, lot 446 (same dies). Good Fine, struck a little off center. Extremely rare, the third known.

For the reattribution of the Alexander series of Ake to the mint of Tyre, see A. Lemaire, “Le monnayage de Tyr et celui dit d’Akko dans la deuxième moitié du IV siècle avant J.-C.,” RN 1976, and G. Le Rider, Alexander the Great: Coinage, Finances, and Policy (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2007), pp. 125-34.

All of the early dated drachms of Tyre are very rare. At the time of Newell's die study, there were no drachms known for this date. Since that time, though, two specimens have come to light, an example in the Asia Minor 1964 Hoard and another that appeared as lot 446 in CNG 67, making the present coin the third known. All are struck from the same dies.