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Obverse: Athena
Reverse: Nike
Date: 325 - 323 BC "Lifetime Issue"
Region: Sardes, Greek Asia Minor
Denomination: Gold Stater Coin (Grade Very Fine), Framed in 18k Gold Bezel
Framed Coin Size: Approx. 22mm Diameter, Weight 15g

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This (very fine) gold stater was minted during the lifetime and reign of Alexander the Great in the city of Sardes (modern day Turkey) which became a Greek �Hellenistic� city after its surrender to Alexander without resistance in 334 BC. Alexander III of Macedon was one of the most successful military commanders of all time and was undefeated in battle. By the time of his death, he had conquered the Persian Empire and beyond into India, which was much of the world then known to the ancient Greeks. His legacy and conquests lived on long after him and ushered in centuries of Greek settlement and cultural influence over distant areas. Athena, being an armed warrior goddess was chosen by Alexander (depicted wearing her helmet on this coins obverse) to decorate his coinage as he set out to conquer the Persians. She was known to be a shrewd companion of heroes and was also the goddess of heroic endeavor. Nike (shown winged on the reverse of this coin) was the goddess who personified triumph throughout the ages of the ancient Greek culture. Nike the Goddess of strength, speed, and victory would fly around battlefields rewarding the victors with glory and fame.