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    Potent Poseidon

    MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Antigonus III Doson (229-221 BC). AR tetradrachm (31mm, 17.12 gm, 11h). NGC Choice AU 5/5 - 4/5. Amphipolis, ca. 227-225 BC. Head of Poseidon right, wearing wreath of seaweed / Apollo, examining bow held in extended right hand, seated left on prow left inscribed BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOY; monogram below. SNG Ashmolean 3266 (same obverse die). SNG Saroglos 933. SNG Ashmolean 3266. SNG Copenhagen 1204. Dewing 1206. Well struck from dies of outstanding style, with a particularly potent image of Poseidon; appealing light golden cast.

    From the Northern California Collection. Ex Coin Galleries (14 July 1993), lot 40. 

    Antigonus Doson (the meaning of the sobriquet is unknown) was not in the direct line of Macedonian succession and was asked to take over as regent for the five-year-old Philip V after the death in battle of the boy's father, Demetrius II Aetolicus. Facing a chaotic situation caused by successive defeats and the misrule of his predecessor, Antigonus proved both a brave soldier and a crafty diplomat, restoring Macedonia's military and financial position as the supreme power in mainland Greece. His coinage is supremely beautiful and bears a nautical theme, depicting the majestic head of Poseidon on the obverse and Apollo astride a ship's prow on the reverse.


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