A silver tetradrachm coin issued in the Empire of Alexander the Great in the period 300-294 BC. Postumous issue in name of Alexander the Great. Minted by Miletos. Alexander III, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of Macedonia. Born in Pella in 356 BC, he was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16. By the age of 30, he had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world, stretching from the Greece to India. He had a uniform coinage struck throughout his empire, the different mints being indicated by markings on the coin reverses. Even after his death his standard coin types were continued, this is an example of that practice.

Obverse Description

Head of Herakles wearing lion's skin right.

Reverse Description

Zeus seated facing left on throne holding eagle in extended right hand and sceptre in left. At right in Greek, {ALEXANDPOY}, in field a monogram, under throne a double headed axe (bipenos)

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