Macedon, Kings of Macedon, Alexander III the Great, 336-323 BC, Chios, Drachm, c. 270-265 BC 4.08g. Unpublished, not in Price. Obverse: Head of Herakles right in lion skin. Struck off-center to the 9 o'clock position. Reverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right. A small elephant head symbol, 3/4 left facing with large ears and tusks is in the left field. This symbol surely relates to the victory of Antiochus III over barbarians in 269 BC.
Lot 158*
Macedon, Kings of Macedon, Alexander III the Great, 336-323 BC, Chios, Drachm, c. 270-265 BC 4.08g. Unpublished, not in Price. Obverse: Head of Herakles right in lion skin. Struck off-center to the 9 o'clock position. Reverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right. A small elephant head symbol, 3/4 left facing with large ears and tusks is in the left field. This symbol surely relates to the victory of Antiochus III over barbarians in 269 BC.
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Macedon, Kings of Macedon, Alexander III the Great, 336-323 BC, Chios, Drachm, c. 270-265 BC
4.08g. Unpublished, not in Price. Obverse: Head of Herakles right in lion skin. Struck off-center to the 9 o'clock position. Reverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right. A small elephant head symbol, 3/4 left facing with large ears and tusks is in the left field. This symbol surely relates to the victory of Antiochus III over barbarians in 269 BC. Extremely fine. (1)

Footnotes

  • The Galatian tribes crossed the Hellespont in winter of 278/7. Some of them served briefly as mercenaries in the army of Nicomedes of Bithynia, but then they were set loose to ravage Asia Minor. The three tribes divided Asia Minor into raiding districts. The Trocmi took the Hellespontine coast, the Tolistobogii claimed Aeolis and Ionia, and the Tectosages drew the inland. Places known to have been raided or threatened/extorted include Cyzicus (278/7), the sanctuary at Didyma (277/6), Priene and Erythrae (270s), Thyatira, Laodicea on the Lycus, and perhaps Limyra or other places in Lycia. In 269 BC, Antiochus I drove the barbarians out of Asia Minor. Antiochus I was honored as Soter (Savior) by the Ionian League and at Bargylia in Caria.

    The "Elephant Victory" was commemorated by terracotta statuettes at Myrina and by a poet from Magnesia ad Sipylum. An extremely important issue with the elephant head symbol in the reverse field.
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