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ID:     90010048
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     MACEDONIAN KINGS
Issuer:     Alexander I
Date Ruled:     498-454 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Oktadrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC 492-480/479
Weight:     28.59 g
Obverse Description:     Horse standing to the right, its bridle held by a warrior, wearing a petasos and holding two transverse spears, standing to the right behind him
Reverse Description:     Quadripartite incuse square
Primary Reference:     Kraay/Hirmer 384
Reference2:     Raymond pl. II, 5
Reference3:     Traité I, 1496 and pl. XLVII, 1
Reference4:     SNG ANS 1, SNG Lockett 1266, Svoronos HPM p. 108, 16 and pl. XII, 6
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=138612
Grade:     aEF
Notes:     From the Spina collection, ex Leu 81, 16 May 2001, 162 and from the collection of H. de Nanteuil, Hess-Leu 31, 6 December 1966, 237. This coin type has long been ascribed to the Bisaltai, one of the powerful Thraco-Macedonian tribes so active in the late 6th and early 5th centuries. The weight of the evidence now points to it being the earliest issue of Alexander I when he was allied with the tribes against the Persians. This coin is of unusually fine quality, in part because it was found no later than the 1930s and, thus, lacks the traces of corrosion and over-cleaning that mar more recently unearthed examples.