KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 37 mm, 16.75 g, 1 h), Kos, circa 205-190. Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress. Rev. AΛEΞANΔPOY Zeus seated left on low throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and eagle standing right with closed wings in his right; to left, crab. Price -, cf. 2498 (differing style). Apparently unpublished. Beautifully toned and struck on an exceptionally broad flan. Overstruck on an earlier tetradrachm of Alexander, otherwise, good very fine.
From a European collection, formed before 2005.
Both the crude style and fabric of this issue as well as the large flan and the prominent dotted borders are reminiscent of contemporary issues from nearby Knidos (see CNG E-Auction 375, 1 June 2016, 400 for comparison). These very rare Carian civic tetradrachms in the types of Alexander are perhaps connected to the activities of Philip V of Macedon in the region in the course of the Cretan War of 205-200 BC.