Description: A silver tetradrachm of Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) with profile of Herakles facing right wearing lion’s skin headdress on the obverse, and a muscular Zeus sitting on throne, facing left, with one leg behind the other, holding a scepter and eagle on the reverse, with the inscription ALEXANDROU (of Alexander). Some minor wear but a very fine coin. Together with a silver Danubian Celtic imitation of an Alexander the Great tetradrachm with rudimentary features. Both coins in separate clear plastic mounts (a crack in the mount containg the Celtic imitation) and presented in a quality wooden box with explanatory card, a very nice set.
Size: The Alexander tetradrachm, 27 mm/1 in. across and weighing approximately 17 grams; the Celtic imitiation, 26 mm across and weighing approximately 16 grams
Culture: Ancient Greek, Danubian Celts
Date: The Alexander tetradrachm, probably a posthumous issue, c. 320-200 B.C.; the Celtic imitation, c. 300 B.C.
Provenance: Previously with a Devon antique dealer.
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