Alexander the Great Silver Drachm

£ 150.00

An extremely fine Ancient Greek silver drachm, featuring to the obverse the depiction of Alexander the Great as young Herakles, portrayed in profile wearing the Nemean lion’ skin headdress.  The reverse displays the Greek god Zeus Aëtophoros portrayed bare chested and regally seated on a throne. The deity appears holding an eagle and a long sceptre. Under the throne a rose and a monogram to the left field. The deity is flanked to the right side by Greek letters forming the word ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟY, meaning Of Alexander. The coin was struck under Menander, and refers to the Sardes mint, the administrative centre of the Persian satrapy of Lydia.

Date: 324-323 BC
Condition: Fine.

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Product Code: GS-40
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The Greek drachma (ελληνική δραχμή) was the name given to the currency of Ancient Greece. It takes its name from the drachma, the ancient unit of measurement used in many Greek city-states and in many Middle Eastern kingdoms of the Hellenistic period. Alexander the Great was the legendary king of the Hellenistic Kingdom of Macedon. Born in 356 BC, he succeeded his father, Philip II, when he was just 20 years old. In just 10 years from his ascension to the throne, he built one of the largest empires of the Ancient World, as his kingdom stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River. He died in Babylon, which he intended to make the capital of his empire, in 323 BC, at just 33 years of age. Menander was an officer under the service of Alexander the Great, whom later appointed him as governor of Lydia. Menander was also one of Alexander’s Companions, known in ancient Greek as hetairoi, the elite cavalry of Macedonian army.

To learn more about the coins of Alexander The Great, please visit our relevant blog post: An Introduction to the Coins of Alexander The Great

Dimensions L 1.5 cm
Metal

Silver

Region

Southern Europe

Greek Mythology

Zeus

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 1978.93.21.

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