A SILVER TETRADRACHM OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT IN 18K GOLD SWIVEL PENDANT
Please refer to our stock # P.G.51 when inquiring.
Babylon Mint; c. 325-323 BCE
Obverse: Head of Alexander the III as Herakles wearing lion skin. Pearl border.
Reverse: Zeus seated left on high-backed throne holding scepter and eagle. Astragalos in left field. Monogram above M beneath throne. ALEXANDROU in right field. Pearl border.
Coin in extremely fine condition set in modern 18K gold swivel pendant made in Jerusalem.
Weight: 26.7g; Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.5 cm (1.77 x 1.38 inches)
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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
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 bust of Alexander III as Herakles (Hercules) wearing the scalp of the Nemean lion, and on their reverse the seated figure of Zeus holding an eagle and a scepter. It is debatable whether the obverse of these coins depict Herakles himself or Alexander III in the guise of Herakles. Given Alexander's clear understanding of the importance of propaganda as well as a plethora of other examples in which he attempted to depict himself as the demi-god the latter is extremely likely. 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.