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Alexander III Tetradrachm

Issuer: Alexander III "the Great"

Date ruled: 336-323 BC

    

Date struck: 332-326 BC (lifetime)

Mint: Amphipolis, Macedon

    

Denomination: Tetradrachm

Reference: Price 13

    

Size: 25 mm

Weight: 17.2 g

    

Obverse: Head of Herakles wearing lion's scalp right

Reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, legs open, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right; amphora in left field

 

The Macedonian kings claimed descent from Heracles. Alexander was very proud of his heroic ancestor and openly sought to equal his accomplishments. After his death, the image of Heracles on the obverse of his silver coins was understood as a cryptic portrait of Alexander himself.

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Taken on September 15, 2012