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Ancient Greece Macedon Hercules Zeus Tetradrachm (Fakes are possible)  336BC to 323BC
Ancient Greece Macedon Hercules Zeus Tetradrachm (Fakes are possible) 336BC to 323BC

On this coin from ancient Greece, Hercules on the front is adorned with a lion's scalp and Zeus on the back is holding an eagle and a scepter. According to Stack's Bowers and Ponterio, where this image comes from, these were struck during the reign of Alexander III (the Great) 336-323 BC. Stack's coin is a silver (AR) tetradrachm weighing 17.08 gms. It sold in a 2011 auction for $750 US dollars.

The $750 hammer price for the Stack's coin gives you an idea of value for nice specimens of these amazing coins. Wear and damage would lower the price significantly, as explained below. But what REALLY lowers price is if the coin is a counterfeit.

The coin in our second picture was selling on eBay as a genuine tetradrachm. But it's a fake. See the Fake Reports (click here) on forumancientcoins.com. This is a modern cast counterfeit worth zero.

Side-by-side inspection of a genuine and counterfeit coin, as on this web page, sometimes reveals the truth about rare coins, but not always. Always deal with people you trust when buying rare coins.

Consider the three coins in our last picture. They are labelled (A), (B), and (C). The (A) coin is a superb example of this piece, with sharply struck, clear surfaces and exceptional eye appeal. It sold for $900 US dollars in a 2015 auction by Ira and Larry Goldberg. The (B) coin lacks the appeal of the (A) coin, and the price is substantially lower, about $150 to $250. Finally, coin (C) is a high-quality museum replica in silver with a value of about $25.

Coin: 14536 , Genre: Ancient
Requested by: Lori, Sun, 12-May-2013 02:38:07 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 23-Sep-2013 22:54:32 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 17-May-2015 19:42:56 GMT
Requester description: Looks like Hercules head & Zeus on throne with eagle in left hand, scepter in right hand. Lower left of Zeus looks like a helmet. Greek letters vertically written to the right of Zeus Shape of coin is not perfectly round. It is raised & thick. I think it is from Macedonia 326 BC
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