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    Crisp Callatis Stater

    MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AV stater (19mm, 8.39 gm, 11h).  Late posthumous issue of Callatis, ca. 250-225 BC. Head of Athena right, wearing triple crested Corinthian helmet decorated with coiled serpent / ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Nike standing left, holding wreath in outstretched right hand and stylis over left shoulder, KA and NA monograms in upper and lower left fields. Price 914. Müller 817. Crisply struck from dies of pleasing style. NGC MS? 5/5 - 4/5.

    Alexander the Great left such an enormous impact on the world that coins continued to be struck in his name for more than two centuries after his death. Callatis, a trade city on the Black Sea, began striking coins in the name of types of Alexander in the mid-third century BC, following a bitter war against the nearby city of Byzantium. The coins were probably used to hire Celtic mercenaries and/or as "protection money" against the Gallic warbands who were ravaging Thrace and Asia Minor at this time. 


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