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Superb Greek Silver Drachm of Alexander the Great

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: Item # 776893

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Superb Greek Silver Drachm of Alexander the Great

This superb coin is a silver drachm that was minted shortly after the death of Alexander the Great circa 323 B.C. This coin was minted circa 323-310 B.C. in Pella, the capital of Macedonia, and the mint mark is the Macedonian royal star burst symbol that is seen on the reverse, at the front of the seated Zeus. The seated Zeus is also seen holding the sacred eagle which was a messenger of the gods. Behind the seated Zeus, is the name, Philip, who was the half brother of Alexander, and Philip III was declared king after the death of Alexander. The obverse shows the head of Heracles in a lion's skin headdress. The portrait seen here is also a very close likeness of Alexander, and was likely intended to portray both Heracles and Alexander. The flan of this coin is very large, and one can see the edge of the die that runs around the outer edge. This in itself makes this coin an exceptional example, and is not often seen in this size. ( 20mm in diamter. ) This coin also is approximately 4.3 grams, and is minted on the Attic standard. I certify that this coin is authentic as to date, culture, and condition:

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