Hemiobol - Kassandros

Features

Issuer Kingdom of Macedonia
Regent Cassander (317 BC - 305 BC)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 305 BC - 297 BC
Value Hemiobol (1⁄12)
Currency Drachm
Composition Bronze
Weight 6.16 g
Diameter 19 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Demonetized Yes
Number
N#
108712
References GCV# 6754
David R. Sear; 2004. Greek Coins and Their Values / Volume 1. Europe. Seaby, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.

Obverse

Head of Heracles right, clad in lion-skin knotted at base under the chin.

Reverse

Young boy, on horse marching right, crowning the horse with his right hand.
Lettering above and below horse; sometimes, a monogram between horses legs or in field.

Script: Greek

Lettering: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΚΑΣΣΑΝΔΡΟΥ

Translation: (Coin) of King Kassandros

Edge

Gross

Comments

Some catalogs give obverse portrait as picturing king Alexander as Heracles; some also place reverse as being king Alexander on his horse Bucephalus.

Strike is placed after -305 thanks to the lettering mentioning the title king, Cassander becoming king in -305.

A similar coin is known with inverted reverse lettering ΚΑΣΣΑΝΔΡΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ instead of ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΚΑΣΣΑΝΔΡΟΥ.

This coin appears to have been struck by mints of Amphipolis or Pella.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (305 BC - 297 BC) Amphipolis Torch under horse

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