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CNG 88, Lot: 531. Estimate $300.
Sold for $190. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

UNCERTAIN EAST. Circa 300-250 BC. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 17.61 g, 10h). In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; retrograde S in left field; below throne, > above strut, N below. Unpublished. VF, a few small deposits, minor laminations, and cleaning marks on obverse.

While ‘barbarous’ issues of Alexander type are quite abundant in numerous regions, from eastern Europe to the East, the style of this piece is more aligned with those struck far to the east, beyond Arabia and Mesopotamia. Of the many published pieces, this coin appears most similar to the barbarous Alexanders in the recent East Arachosia (Quetta) Hoard (CH X, 275 and pp. 105-14).