Kassander – Antigonos II Gonatas
In the name and types of Alexander III the Great of Macedon
AR Tetradrachm. 16.98g, 26mm
MINTED: Uncertain mint in Greece or Macedonia, struck circa 310-275 BC
REF: Price 849
OBVERSE: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress.
REVERSE: AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; dolphin in left field, monogram below throne.
Very Fine/Almost Very Fine. Toned; some minor marks and areas of darker deposits. Bold portrait.
The iconic tetradrachms of Alexander III of Macedonia were minted at over two dozen cities spread throughout his vast empire during his lifetime. They served primarily to pay soldiers in his armies, and they uniformly featured the head a youthful Herakles wearing a lion-skin headdress on the obverse and Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned on the reverse.
The design continued to be used by his successors, the diadochi, each of whom would attempt to legitimize their rule by capitalizing on Alexander's name. So powerful was Alexander's legacy that for more than two hundred years after his death, these tetradrachms bearing his name were still struck and used in numerous kingdoms and cities, even those that had long ceased to be part of the Macedonian Empire.
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM . Circa 310-275 BC . Tetradrachm . Alexander the Great type
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