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Ancients: Pherae. Alexander the Tyrant (369-358 BC). AR Stater (23mm, 11.52 gm, 8h). ...

2013 January 6-7 Ancient & World Coin Signature Auction - New York #3021

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Auction Ended On: Jan 7, 2013
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Location: Waldorf Astoria
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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Rare Alexander of Pherae Stater
Pherae. Alexander the Tyrant (369-358 BC). AR Stater (23mm, 11.52 gm, 8h).  Head of Ennodia facing slightly right, wearing pearl diadem, grape-cluster earring and pearl necklace; in field l., long torch / AΛ-E-ΞA-N-[ΔPOY], Alexander, wearing Thessalian helmet and cavalry dress, riding horse charging right, holding couched lance, double axe symbol below. BMC Thessaly 47, 14 and pl. pl. X, 11 (same reverse die). Traite IV 1612, pl. 294, 13. Extremely rare! Dark toning. Minor surface roughness on reverse, otherwise Good Very Fine.

One of only six examples of this rare and beautiful type offered over the last two decades. One specimen sold for the equivalent of $661,000 in 2011! Alexander of Pherae, son of the tyrant Jason, carved his way to the seat of power by murdering both of his brothers who had, in turn, killed their father. Once established, he embarked on a bloody 11-yeaer reign that saw him nearly become the primary power in Greece. He was a severe threat to the Aleuadai of Larissa so they called on Macedonian aid, which succeeded in forcing Alexander to flee Pherai. After the Macedonians also withdrew, Larissa called for Theban aid, which arrrived in the person of Pelopidas. This forced Alexander into an alliance with Athens, but by 364 he was defeated and forced into peace. After the death of Epaminondas in 362, Alexander turned on his erstwhile Athenian allies and attacked them, even raiding the Piraeus. He was finally killed by his wife Thebe's brothers, who she goaded to do so out of hatred for his cruelties.

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