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Alexander the Great, AR Tetradrachm, Amphipolis, 315-294 BC

450.00 AUD

Origin:
Macedon, Amphipolis mint
Authority:
Alexander III the Great (posthumous)
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
315-294 BC
Obverse:
Alexander as Herakles right facing wearing nemean lionskin headdress
Reverse:
ALEΞANDROU, Zeus seated left on throne, one leg drawn back, holding eagle and sceptre; Λ monogram above torch in left field
Size:
27mm; 17.1g
Grade:
VF
Reference:
Price 443; Müller 32
Potentially unlisted, this coin appears to be an ancient eastern imitation of the coins of Alexander the Great. Unusual for an eastern imitation, the style of the coin is refined enough that one could mistake it for one minted at Amphipolis. 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 nemean lionskin headdress on the obverse. On the reverse, the inscription reads ALEΞANDROU, which means "of Alexander".
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