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    Magnificent Memphis Issue

    MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR tetradrachm (26mm, 17.23 gm, 11h). Lifetime issue of Memphis, ca. 332-323 BC. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion-skin headdress / AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; rose in left field; ΔI-O under throne. Price 3971. Well-centered, deeply struck from dies of exquisite style, and beautifully toned -- an exceptional example of this noble issue. NGC Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style.

    Among his early conquests, Alexander recognized the vast potential of Egypt and initiated construction of a new capital, Alexandria, that would quickly become the greatest city of the Hellenistic world. A mint was also set up at the former Egyptian capital of Memphis to produce coins to pay his army. The new mint employed at least one die engraver of exceptional talent, and silver tetradrachms from the mint of Memphis are now recognized as some of the most beautiful coins produced anywhere in the vast Macedonian Empire. 


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