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    MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR tetradrachm (17.04 gm). About XF. Cabyle (?), in the name and types of Alexander III the Great of Macedon, ca. 225-215 BC. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress, paws tied before neck / ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ | ΑΛΕΞANΔΡOY, Zeus seated left on backless throne, right leg drawn back, feet on dotted ground line, eagle in right hand, scepter in left. No series marks. Price -.

    Although there are several listings in Price for tetradrachms lacking any mint or series marks, this example does not fit with any of them based on style and composition. The legends are meticulously executed with fine style overall. The seemingly most similar is Price 882 from Cabyle, having engraved legends with strong globule endpoints, a shaggy-maned lion-skin headdress and legend position with the royal title on the right. However, all of the Cabyle issues have Artemis Phosphorus standing in the left field. There is yet one other possibility - this could be a Celtic imitation, evidenced by the style of the eye on the portrait. If so, then perhaps this is from Cabyle, but lacking the field mark.

    In 279 BC, the Celtic Gauls swept down into Thrace and Asia Minor, defeating most the Greek armies sent to stop them with ease. They occupied Thrace for the next five decades, replacing the Odrysian rulers with their own succession of kings. The only one of these to strike coinage in his own name was Cavarus (Kavaros), who used Cabyle as his capitol and mint city. The types are those of Alexander the Great, and most of the coins struck under Cavarus have Alexander's name as well, perhaps this coin being one; but a few were struck with the name of Cavarus himself. The Gauls of Thrace later mass-migrated into Asia Minor and founded the Galatian Kingdom. 

    Estimate: $200 - $300.

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