сряда, 2 декември 2009 г.

Alexander the Great Coins

Alexander the Great gold stater, silver tetradrachm, and bronze hemiobol
Today, two rulers from ancient times stand out above all others: Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Alexander III was the greatest conqueror of all time. He never lost a battle, and at his premature death at about the age of 33 in 323 BC, he ruled over lands from Egypt to India.

These were powerful coins. They not only influenced the future of all subsequent coinage on three continents, they also depicted some powerful symbols, most notably Herakles (Hercules to the Romans), the ancient world's most powerful mythological hero, Zeus, king of the Olympian gods, Athena, the goddess who combined within her sphere both wisdom and warfare, and Nike, goddess of victory.

The following is a site on Alexander the Great coinage. Included are coins whose minting Alexander authorized during his lifetime, coins minted in his name and of his style after his death, and coins, medals, and tokens (and paper money) minted through the years depicting his portrait.

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