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    A King for Sidon

    MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AV stater (19mm, 8.61 gm, 1h). Early posthumous issue of Phoenicia, Sidon, dated RY 18 of Abdalonymus (316/5 BC). Head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet pushed back on head, the helmet bowl ornamented with coiled snake / AΛEΞANΔPOY, Nike standing left, holding wreath and stylis; Σ (date) under left wing. Price 3503. Newell, Dated 49. DCA 877. An attractive specimen, with lustrous fields and warm orange toning. NGC Choice AU 4/5 - 5/5.

    After Alexander the Great's siege and destruction of Tyre in 332 BC, the people of Sidon submitted and asked Alexander to choose a new king. He settled a member of the royal house named Abdolonymus, who had fallen on such hard times he was feeding himself by the cultivation of a kitchen garden. Brought before Alexander, Abdolonymus was asked how he was able to endure his poverty; he replied "would be to heaven, I may as well bear my prosperity!" Alexander was so delighted he installed Abdolonymus in the palace of his predecessor and augmented his dominions from the surrounding territory. The coinage struck in Alexander's name at Sidon is dated from the start of Abdolonymus's reign in 332 BC.


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