Jump to content

Help identifying this Greek Coin (1 of 2)


Recommended Posts

I picked up these two greek coins from an estate sale recently. I'm trying to identify exactly what they are.



From what I can figure out this one has the head of Herakles on one side, and Zues seated with an eagle in one hand and a septer in the other. Under the eagle there appears to be a bat and a M and underneath the throne there is what appears to be a crown.



DSC01393 copy.jpg

DSC01389 copy.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It´s a cast replica of this type:


Kings of Macedon. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC.

Tetradrachm (for genuine coins: ca. 25mm, more than 17 g). Babylon mint.

Struck under Stamenes or Archon, circa 324/3 BC.

Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin

Reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, club above M; monogram below throne.

catalogue Price 3640.


Casting bubbles, surface defects and missing sharp outlines are characteristic of this type of replicas uses as cheap supply for jewellery.




Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

As Arminius noted, it's a cast replica, and not a particularly good quality one at that.


There are some luxury makers like Bulgari who may use genuine pieces, but the majority of mass market pieces will be copies, the more expensive (e.g. ~ $50-100 retail in a tourist zone) ones often being made of 800 silver or better.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...