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Alexander & Kassander - Ironic

 
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 Posted 03/09/2020  12:30 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I had a club and bowcase coin reverse, but it was very worn, and had very little detail. The Alexander the Great coin was in much better condition, so I bought it. There was another similar club and bowcase coin in reasonable condition, so I got that one as well. Ironically it is a coin of Kassander who was was one of the Diadochi who warred over Alexander's empire following the latter's death in 323 BC. Kassander later seized the crown by having Alexander's son and heir Alexander IV murdered.

Alexander the great. AE unit. Uncertain mint in Macedonia. 336-323 BC. Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. Reverse: Bow in bow case and club. Corn ear below. Reverse Inscription: AΛEΞANΔΡOY. Diameter: 19 mm. Weight: 6.1 gr. Reference: Price 330 var. (no monogram)

Macedonia, King, Kassander, AE. 316-297 BC. Helmeted head of Athena right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAΣΣANΔΡOY above and between club above and bow in bowcase below. SNG Cop 1159; Moushmov 7271. Size : 20mm. Weight : 2.67gr.
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 Posted 03/09/2020  1:36 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ice sharp detail on the Alexander coin.
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 Posted 03/09/2020  7:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


It cost a little bit more than my usual limit, but I reckon it was worth it.
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I reckon it was worth it.


Yes a couple nice pick-ups. Those spiked clubs look kinda painful.
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Those spiked clubs look kinda painful.

Indeed. I would not like to be on the wrong end of one of those things!
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Attractive coins with interesting historical connections!
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 Posted 03/09/2020  11:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Another case of stolen iconography, a common crime in ancient coinage.
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 Posted 03/11/2020  06:52 am  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Herakles is almost as interesting a figure as Alexander
He almost certainly was a real person whose legend extended all the way from the Bronze Age straight through the classical and into the modern
Both Philip and Alexander claimed lineage
In the tale told by Homer Herakles is absent from the Great War
Likely because it was common knowledge that Herakles had destroyed and rebuilt the walls of Troy many many years earlier in the 'first' Trojan War
The telltale sign that Herakles was ancient even to the ancients is his weapon of choice
The nasty looking club
The "assault weapon" of choice back in the early Bronze Age !


One other war hero belongs to those earlier Bronze Age days
Oddly it's Achilles
He was usually depicted as having a large oval shield while the other warriors carry much smaller round shields
This marks him as a transplant from an earlier age of hero's

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 Posted 03/11/2020  8:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@tdziemia and @Bob L
While reading up on the kings of this era and their lineage, especially the Seleucid Kingdom, I am amazed at the number of intrigues, and in-family murders etc. Being of high ranking blood was definitely not good for your health in those days. It is odd to think that intellectual property theft, ie iconography, was a problem back then as well.

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A very interesting post, as I did think that Herakles was a mythical character. It is nice to know what the importance of the war club on the reverse of many of these coins is too.

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IN GOD WE TRVST ....... all others pay cash !

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 Posted 03/12/2020  10:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A very interesting read. Thank you.
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