In the name and types of Alexander III the Great of Macedon
AR Tetradrachm. 16.65g, 32.8mm
MINTED: THRACE, Mesembria, circa 281-216 BC
REF: Price 1026
OBVERSE: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
REVERSE: AΛEΞAN∆POY / BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; crested Corinthian helmet right in left field, OINIA below throne.
Good Very Fine. Toned. Large-sized and attractive.
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. So powerful was Alexander's legacy that for more than two hundred years after his death, these tetradrachms bearing his name continued to be struck and used in numerous kingdoms and cities, even when they ceased to be part of the Macedonian Empire.
THRACE, Mesembria . Circa 281-216 BC . AR Tetradrachm . Alexander the Great type
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