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323-319 BC Macedonia Gold Alexander III Stater NGC Choice AU
An Extremely Rare Gold Stater Minted Right After the Death of Alexander the Great!
- Minted -- Magnesian ad Maendrum, circa 323-319 BC
- Grade -- NGC Choice About Uncirculated (AU), Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5
- Obverse -- Head of Athena with a large Corinthian helmet, a snake ornament below the plume
- Reverse -- Nike standing facing looking to left, holding wreath in right hand and stylis over left shoulder, filleted thyrsus in left field, below left wing, monogram in wreath below right wing
- Legend -- Reading from top on right in Greek: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ
- Diameter -- 20 mm
From the desk of GovMint.com's resident ancient coin expert, David Levine:
- Extremely rare -- less than 10 are known to still exist
- Minted right after death of Alexander the Great
- Price, the "bible" of Alexander III coins, lists only three of these coins -- including one in the British Museum.
- This coin was minted in the four years after the death of Alexander III during the rule of his son, Philip III.
- Probably the greatest ruler of all time, Alexander became king of Macedonia and Greece at the age of 20 after the death of his father, King Philip II. Although he is most remembered for his military strategies, which are still studied in military colleges today, his true greatness was in his humanity and understanding of the role of a leader. This trait can be directly traced to his studies as a young teenager under the famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle.
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