Alexander III Tetradrachm
Issuer: Alexander III "the Great"
Date ruled: 336-323 BC
Date struck: 332-326 BC (lifetime)
Mint: Amphipolis, Macedon
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.