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ID:     720240
Type:     Greek
Issuer:     Alexander I
Date Ruled:     498-454 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Obol
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC 476/5-460
Weight:     0.89 g
Die Axis:     9 h
Obverse Description:     Forepart of horse right; Λ below
Reverse Description:     Helmet right in linear square within shallow incuse square
Primary Reference:     Raymond pl. XI, c corr. (same dies; A not three pellets)
Reference2:     SNG ANS 36 corr. (same obv. die; same)
Reference3:     SNG Alpha Bank 28
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Near VF
Notes:     Rare. From the Robert A. Weimer Collection.The Alpha Bank specimen, from different dies, clearly has an alpha on the obverse. Raymond and ANS both placed this issue in Group III, and note the addition of ‘three pellets’ below the horse. The ANS and present specimens, though, are of an earlier die state than the piece in Raymond, and the ‘three pellets’ appear to be deliberately connected (not noted by ANS). The result, while appearing as a lambda, is probably an attempt at making an alpha on the small die. A similar effect can be seen on certain tetrobols of Group II (’A series’, cf. Raymond 77-79), where this obol must belong.