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ID11789
 
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  Metal Type:  18K Gold Pendant on Sterling Silver Chain
  Diameter:  36mm
  Length:  17 '' + 2'' ext.
 
 
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Alexander the Great



Denomination:  Silver Tetradrachm                                                 


Date:  Struck 250-175 BC


Description:  Mesembria mint (Thrace). Obverse: Head of Herakles right in lionskins. Reverse: Zeus seated left on throne, holding eagle & scepter; ΙΔΗ and Corinthian helmet left, monogram under throne. Greek text: BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ.

Alexander, King of Macedonia, began ruling immediately after the death of his father, Philip II and brought the Greek Empire to its peak.  Through his conquests, he minted these coins in many variations of type and style. 

 

Each bears the face of Herakles (Hercules) wearing a headdress of the Nemean lion. This animal was fierce 
and virtually indestructible, so using his super-human strength and intelligence, Herakles decided to strangle the lion since he

was unable to cut through its skin. After he killed the lion, he used its own razor sharp claws to remove its
hide, and forever after Herakles wore the lion's skin for protection and as a symbol of his victory. 
Alexander wanted to be like Herakles, and was also known to wear a lion’s skin, invoking his strength and
courage. 

 
 
     
 
         
 
 
 
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