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ID:     349559
Type:     Greek
Region:     MACEDONIAN KINGS
Issuer:     Alexander III
Date Ruled:     336-323 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     323-317 BC
Diameter:     29 mm
Weight:     17.02 g
Die Axis:     11 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress
Reverse Legend:     ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ
Reverse Description:     Zeus seated left on throne with back, right leg drawn back, both feet on footstool, holding eagle in right hand and scepter in left; wreath in left field; below throne, Ε above strut, monogram below
Mint:     Ecbatana
Primary Reference:     Price unlisted Tet. #135
Reference2:     Unpublished
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.
Source:     https://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=349559
Grade:     aEF
Notes:     The control marks suggest a Seleukid issue from Susa (cf. SC 164 Group 1), but the style here is too far from the norm at that mint. The style closely resembles the rare pre-Seleukid tetradrachm issue at Ekbatana (Price 3956), as well as the earliest issues struck under Seleukos I (SC 202.1–2). As the control marks for Ekbatana under the Seleukids are well attested, and do not resemble those on the present piece, this tetradrachm is likely from the pre-Seleukid period of the mint.