Ancient Greek AR Drachm, 336-323 BCE. 14Kt Yellow Gold Pendant with .04ct Diamond drop.
Obverse; Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin. Reverse; Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, in left field, male figure standing left; Ξ horizontally below throne.
Alexander, King of Macedonia, began ruling immedaitely 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 fierce and virtually indestructable, so using his super-human strength and intelligence, herakles decided to strangle the lion since he was unable to cut through its skin. After killing the lion, he used its own razor-sharp claws to remove the hide. Forever after, Herakles wore the lion's skin, invoking his strength and courage.
These coins continued to circulate hundreds of years after the death of Alexander the Great.
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