Ancient Greek Silver Drachm Circa 300 B.C.in 14KT Pendant. Certificate of Authenticity
Minted in the name of Alexander. circa 300 BCE. head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding an eagle with the name Alexander along the scepter.
Alexander, King of Macedonia, began ruling after the death of his father, Philip II and brought the Greek Empire to its peak. Through his conquests, he minted these coins in many variations of type and style.
Each bears the face of Herakles (Hercules) wearing a headdress of the Nemean Lion. This animal was firece and virtually indestructable, so using his super-human strength and intelligence, Herakles decided to strangle the lion since he was un able to cut through its skin. After he killed the lion, he used its own razor sharp claws to remove its hide. Ever after, Herakles wore the lion's skin for protection and as a symbol of his victory. Alexander wanted to be like Herakles, and was also known to wear a lion's skin, invoking his strength and courage.
These coins continued to circulate for hundreds of years after the death of Alexander.
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