Alexander III the Great
Macedon, Abydus mint
Alexander as Herakles right facing wearing lionskin headdress
AΛEΞANΔΡOY ("ALEXANDROU"), Zeus seated left on throne, one leg drawn back, holding eagle and sceptre; forepart of Pegasus in left field
16.5mm, 3.7g, 12h
aF, toned, some porosity, highly worn with only faint details of Pegasus on reverse
Minted during the lifetime of Alexander the Great. 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". There are many different varieties and common to find variants which are unpublished.