An Ancient Greek silver tetradrachm coin from the reign of Alexander the Great. On the obverse the coin features the profile head of Herakles, dressed in his infamous lion-skin. The reverse depicts the Greek god Zeus, enthroned and holding out an eagle and sceptre. A lot of attention seems to have been paid to the details of Zeus’s musculature and drapery. There is a barely visible mint mark underneath the elaborate throne of Zeus and a clear AΛEΞANΔPOY, meaning ‘the coinage of Alexander’, spelled out parallel to the throne’s back. The silver coin is encompassed by an 18k gold frame, which has a loop for suspension.
Date: Circa 336–323 BC Condition: Excellent. Very fine detailing to obverse and reverse.
Alexander the Great is one of the most famous historical figures. 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. His victory over the Persian empire and his grand military successes have made him a well-renowned figure within world history. Despite his childhood in Macedonia, Alexander strongly aligned himself to Greek culture and mythology, confirming his right to rule as leader of the Greek people. His silver coinage pays homage to two infamous Greek deities; Zeus and Herakles. Alexander also affirmed his philhellenism through the retaking of the famous city of Troy in his first military expedition. He died in Babylon, which he intended to make the capital of his empire, in 323 BC, at just 33 years of age.