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    Pedigreed LEG MACEDON Tetradrachm

    MACEDON UNDER ROME. Legatio Issue, Roman embassy. Ca. 148-147 BC. AR tetradrachm (29mm, 16.75 gm, 3h). Amphipolis. Diademed and draped bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver over shoulder, in boss of ornate Macedonian shield / LEG MAKEΔONΩN above and below club of Heracles; above right, hand holding olive branch left; monogram below; all within oak wreath. Mack, Macedonian 1 3f (O3/R12). AMNG III 193. Boston MFA 733 (same dies). Pozzi 999 (same dies). Deeply struck and beautifully toned. Choice Extremely Fine.

    Ex Robert Weimer Collection (Triton IX, 11 November 2006), lot 839; Auctiones 20 (8 November 1990), lot 276; Cahn 66 (6 May 1930), lot 201; Ratto (3 April 1927), lot 768.





    This rare tetradrachm type was issued following the Macedonian revolt against Roman rule led by Philip Andriscus in 148 BC. LEG refers not to Roman legions or legates (generals), but to the term Legatio, or embassy: After Roman legions crushed the army of Andriscus, a Senatorial embassy (signified by the hand holding the olive branch) attempted to establish equitable peace terms with the Macedonians. The combination of Greek and Latin lettering and terminology points to the dual nature of this limited coinage.


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