Alexander the Great Silver Tetradrachm


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Object Description

A fine Alexander the Great silver tetradrachm, Tarsos mint, featuring the profile bust of Herakles on the obverse. His youthful features are delicately rendered; the deep-set eye, prominent nose and slightly furrowed brow still retain in excellent definition. He wears the Nemean lion-skin headdress, one of Herakles typical attributes, which imbues the Greek ruler with divine qualities. The reverse of the coin depicts the Greek god Zeus, seated to the left on a backless throne, holding an eagle in his right hand and sceptre in his left. Nike is flying in the left field below the eagle and beneath the throne is the monogram ANTI. The Greek inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ is written above Zeus with ΑΛΕΞΑΝ∆ΡΟΥ written vertically to the right of the figure. The legend, written in the genitive case, translates as, ALEXANDROY, meaning ‘[the coinage] of Alexander’.


Date: Circa 4th Century BC

Object Condition

Very fine condition

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:2.7 x centimeters

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