Alexander the Great, AR Drachm, Abydus, 310-301 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Alexander III the Great (posthumous)
City/Region:
Macedon, Abydus mint
Denomination:
AR Drachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
310-301 BC
Obverse:
Alexander as Herakles right facing wearing lionskin headdress
Reverse:
AΛEΞANΔΡOY ("ALEXANDROU"), Zeus seated left on throne, one leg drawn back, holding eagle and sceptre; in left field, ME monogram; ivy-leaf below throne
Size:
17.5mm, 4.0g, 12h
Grade:
aVF, toned, some sediment on obverse (can be cleaned), worn reverse die
References:
Price 1560b; Müller 252; SNG Berry 229; SNG Cop. 972; SNG Alpha Bank 597

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Alexander the Great requires no introduction. One of the most influential people of all time, his legacy has helped shape the world we live in today. The coins of Alexander the Great continued to be issued in his honour long after his short but fully-lived life. They depict Alexander as Hercules, complete with lionskin headdress on the obverse. On the reverse, the inscription reads ALEXANDROU, which means "of Alexander".