Alexander III the Great (posthumous)
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; in left field, ME monogram; ivy-leaf below throne
17.5mm, 4.0g, 12h
aVF, toned, some sediment on obverse (can be cleaned), worn reverse die
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".