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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