Greek Macedon, Kings of Macedon, Alexander III, The Great, 336 to 323 BCE. Silver Tetradrachm, (14.2 grams), mint of Mesembria, head of young Herakles facing right, wearing a lion's skin, rev Zeus enthroned left, holding an eagle and a scepter, a Corinthian helmet above monogram on left, monogram below throne, Cp. Price 1047. Size: 1.25" W (3.2 cm)
Alexander the Great needs no introduction, and his coinage had subsequent international fame - although they began to be minted during his lifetime, coins of this style were also issued for two decades after his death by the generals who had divided up his empire, and similar coins were minted by cities for over two centuries to be issued as international coinage. During his lifetime, the production of these coins also speaks to the vast international reach that his empire (and his fame) had: twenty-five mints produced these tetradrachms, of which two were in his home kingdom of Macedonia, one was in his conquered territory of Egypt, and the other twenty-three were in various parts of Alexander-conquered or -influenced Asia.
Provenance: Ex- Collection of James Farmer, Maryland, collected from major galleries and auction houses between 1995 and 2005
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