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Triton XXII, Lot: 189. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $3000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC. AV Stater (17mm, 8.60 g, 1h). Uncertain mint in western Asia Minor. Struck circa 335/25-320 BC. Head of Athena right, wearing single-pendant earring, necklace, and triple-crested Corinthian helmet adorned with a serpent / [AΛ]EΞANΔPOY, Nike standing left, holding wreath in extended right hand, cradling stylis in left arm; below left wing, eagle standing left. Price 3125; Troxell, New, Group II, 29 (dies 15/– [unlisted rev. die]); Goldberg 53, lot 1613 (same rev. die); CNG 60, lot 329 (same dies). EF, struck from worn dies, slight die shift on reverse.

Ex Clearwater Collection (Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 312, 9 October 2013), lot 1.

The reverse die link of this and the CNG 60 coins to the Goldberg 53 piece necessitates a correction to Troxell’s die study. In her study, she thought that the break between Groups II and III occurred between obverse dies 15 and 16. However, this coin is struck from obverse die 15, while the Goldberg coin is from obverse die 16. Thus, the coins struck from obverse die 16 are in Group II, and Group III begins with obverse die 17.