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    High-Grade Alexander Portrait Stater

    MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Philip II (359-336 BC). AV stater (18mm, 8.60 gm, 11h). NGC Choice MS 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Posthumous issue of Colophon, under Philip III Arrhidaeus, ca. 322-319 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right with features of Alexander III the Great / ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, charioteer driving galloping biga right, kentron in right hand, reins in left; tripod brazier beneath horse's forelegs. Le Rider pl. 93, 26. SNG Alpha Bank 260. Thompson Philip p. 58 and pl. VI, 12. A stunningly handsome coin with a fine portrait, sharply struck overall in high relief.

    From the Collection of A Scottish Gentleman. Ex Mieza Collection (Nomos AG, Auction 7, 15 May 2013), lot 46; Gorny & Mosch 125 (13 October 2003), lot 111.

    This issue was struck in Colophon and in Magnesia from a single shared obverse die, during the short reign of Philip III (323-317 BC). It's one of the most desirable posthumous staters in the name of Philip II because of the artistry of the obverse. The portrait is clearly that of a real person, instead of the idealized representation of Apollo, leading scholars to conclude this is a true portrait of Alexander III the Great.

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