This ring - 14K Gold Bezel and Sterling Silver shank - is set with the coin of Alexander The Great (Alexander of Macedon). The side detail is designed to flow with the coin design.
Description: KINGS of MACEDON, Alexander III. 336-323 BC. AR Drachm Lampsakos mint. Struck 328-323 BC. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / ALEXANDROU, Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; monogram below throne. This piece is completely unisex and could appeal to anyone from a student to a history buff, to people that love antiques, to anyone who appreciates the beauty and historic events. This ring makes for a great conversation piece as well as a meaningful gift.
HISTORY: 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. On the obverse, Zeus is enthroned, holding an eagle in one hand and royal scepter in the other with the name “Alexander” inscribed on the side. These coins continued to circulate hundreds of years after the death of Alexander the Great.