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    Phoenician imitation?

    MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR tetradrachm. NGC AU. Late lifetime or early posthumous issue of Tyre, by Laomedon, struck under Menes, dated RY 25 of Azemilkos (322/1 BC).  Head of Heracles right, wearing lion-skin headdress, paws tied before neck / AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus seated left on backless throne, right leg drawn back, feet on stool, eagle in right hand, scepter in left; C|O (Phoenician for Azemilkos) above /////// (date) in left field. Price 3262 (Ake).

    For the reattribution of the Alexander series of Ake (Price) to Tyre, see A. Lemaire, "Le monnayage de Tyr et celui dit d'Akko dans la deuxième moitié du IV siècle avant J.-C.," RN 1976, and G. Le Rider, Alexander the Great: Coinage, Finances, and Policy (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2007), pp. 125-34.

    Note - there are some anomalies on this coin which lead one to conclude it might be a product of an unofficial mint. The civic date, if this is Year 25, should be written as ¦O above || ||| // and Zeus's left leg should be drawn back instead of his right. Also, although the style is quite similar to the official products of the Ake mint, it is still different enough to be remarkable.


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