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    Striking Antigonus Doson

    MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Antigonus III Doson (229-221 BC). AR tetradrachm (32mm, 17.03 gm, 11h). Amphipolis, ca. 227-225 BC. Bearded head of Poseidon right, wearing wreath of reeds / Apollo, nude, seated left on galley prow, holding bow; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΟΥ in raised letters on galley side; below, monogram. SNG Ashmolean 3266. SNG Copenhagen 1204. Dewing 1206. A few scratches before face, otherwise well struck from dies of outstanding style. NGC XF 5/5 - 3/5. Fine Style.

    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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