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CNG 106, Lot: 174. Estimate $1500.
Sold for $2300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. temp. Alexander III – Philip III. Circa 330/25-320 BC. AV Stater (18.5mm, 8.53 g, 12h). In the name of Alexander III. Uncertain mint in western Asia Minor. Helmeted head of Athena right / Nike standing left, holding wreath and stylis; thunderbolt in left field. Cf. Price 164 (for type); Troxell, Studies, p. 100, note b. Good VF, underlying luster.

As noted by Troxell in her study of the Macedonian coinage of Alexander, there are issues marked with a thunderbolt (as Price 164) that are actually not from the primary Macedonian mint, which are differentiated by style. The present coin is significantly different from the standard Macedonian issues, particularly the crest of Athena and the general style of the portrait of Athena. However, this style is identical to a number of dies used on staters from an uncertain mint in western Asia minor that Newell and Price had originally placed at Salamis (Price 3134–7; see Troxell, New, for the dies and reattribution).