c. 323-317 B.C., Thrace-Babylon
Obverse: Head of Alexander as Herakles facing right.
Reverse: Zeus enthroned facing left, legs crossed with eagle and scepter. ALEXANDROU behind throne, BASILEWS in exergue. LY under throne.
24.4 g, 32.50 mm
In excellent condition.
Set in handmade 14K gold swivel pendant.
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Certainly the most famous of all Greeks, Alexander had conquered much of the Western world before he reached the age of 30. After toppling the Persian Empire and establishing his rule in most lands from Greece to the border of India, he died a young man, long before his ambitions were fulfilled. Afterward, his massive kingdom was carved up by his successors, the diadochi, who thus created several new kingdoms. The principal silver coins of Alexander show on their obverse the head of Heracles (Hercules) wearing the scalp of the Nemean lion, and on their reverse the seated figure of Zeus holding an eagle and a scepter. Many were struck in Alexander’s time, but they were continued by his successors and the designs were copied at independent Greek mints for more than 250 years after his death. They were also imitated by Celts, Arabians and other non-Greek peoples. The example illustrated here was struck at the mint in Babylon soon after Alexander’s death.