Silver drachm struck under
Antigonos l Monophthalmos in the name and following types of Alexander III 'the
Great', who ruled 336-323 BC.
Head of Herakles to the right, wearing the lion skin headdress.
Zeus Aëtophoros seated on a low throne, holding a long scepter in his left hand
and an eagle in his outstretched right. Pegasus forepart in left field, AΛ
between the legs of the throne.
The Pegasus icon stands for the mint of Lampsakos, an ancient Greek port city
in Mysia, strategically located on the east side of the Hellespont.
Antigonos I (382–301 BC) was a Macedonian nobleman, who served under Philip II
and his son Alexander III as general. Although quite old, he was one of the main
contenders during the wars to succeed Alexander. He declared himself king in 306
BC and established the Antigonid dynasty.
The nickname Monophthalmos – the One-Eyed – was given him after the loss of an
eye in battle.
Some minor marks, otherwise very fine.
D. 18 mm (0.7 in), 4.27 g
Swiss private collection, ex Leu Numismatik AG, Zurich.
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