Tetradrachm Ancient Silver

Alexander the Great, Ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedon, Silver Tetradrachm Coin


Alexander the Great, Ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedon, Silver Tetradrachm Coin
Alexander the Great, Ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedon, Silver Tetradrachm Coin

Alexander the Great, Ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedon, Silver Tetradrachm Coin   Alexander the Great, Ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedon, Silver Tetradrachm Coin

Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR tetradrachm (23mm, 17.12 gm, 12h). Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress, paws tied before neck / A?

POY, Zeus enthroned left in backless throne, right leg drawn back, feet on stool, eagle in outstretched right hand, grounded scepter in left; no visible series marks. Tetradrachms of Alexander the Great are one of the most iconic coins ever minted. Featuring Alexander dressed as Heracles on the obverse and Zeus on the reverse, this coin is a wonderful example of the type. Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 BC - 10/11 June 323 BC), most commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon.

He succeeded his father Philip II to the throne in 336 BC at the age of 20 and spent most of his ruling years conducting a lengthy military campaign throughout Western Asia, Central Asia, parts of South Asia, and Egypt. By the age of 30, he had created one of the largest empires in history, stretching from Greece to northwestern India. He was undefeated in battle and is widely considered to be one of history's greatest and most successful military commanders.

Until the age of 16, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle. In 335 BC, shortly after his assumption of kingship over Macedon, he campaigned in the Balkans and reasserted control over Thrace and parts of Illyria before marching on the city of Thebes, which was subsequently destroyed in battle. Alexander then led the League of Corinth, and used his authority to launch the pan-Hellenic project envisaged by his father, assuming leadership over all Greeks in their conquest of Persia.

In 334 BC, he invaded the Achaemenid Persian Empire and began a series of campaigns that lasted for 10 years. Following his conquest of Asia Minor, Alexander broke the power of Achaemenid Persia in a series of decisive battles, including those at Issus and Gaugamela; he subsequently overthrew Darius III and conquered the Achaemenid Empire in its entirety. After the fall of Persia, the Macedonian Empire held a vast swath of territory between the Adriatic Sea and the Indus River. Alexander endeavored to reach the "ends of the world and the Great Outer Sea" and invaded India in 326 BC, achieving an important victory over Porus, an ancient Indian king of present-day Punjab, at the Battle of the Hydaspes. Due to the demand of his homesick troops, he eventually turned back at the Beas River and later died in 323 BC in Babylon, the city of Mesopotamia that he had planned to establish as his empire's capital.

With his death marking the start of the Hellenistic period. Alexander's settlement of Greek colonists and the resulting spread of Greek culture led to the overwhelming dominance of Hellenistic civilization and influence as far east as the Indian subcontinent. The Hellenistic period developed through the Roman Empire into modern Western culture. Alexander became legendary as a classical hero in the mold of Achilles, featuring prominently in the historical and mythical traditions of both Greek and non-Greek cultures.

His military achievements and unprecedented enduring successes in battle made him the measure against which many later military leaders would compare themselves and his tactics remain a significant subject of study in military academies worldwide. All items are guaranteed authentic. The item in the pictures is the item you will receive. Please use your own judgement with regards to grade and attribution as these represent opinions and are not guaranteed.
Alexander the Great, Ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedon, Silver Tetradrachm Coin   Alexander the Great, Ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedon, Silver Tetradrachm Coin