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  • Obverse: Hercules in Lion Skin
  • Reverse: Zeus Enthroned with Eagle
  • Date: 325 - 324 BC Lifetime Issue. Grade: Very Fine
  • Mint: Issos, Cilicia, Asia Minor
  • Silver Tetradrachm Coin in 14k Gold Pendant, Weight 24.6g
  • Framed Coin Size: 30mm Diameter, with 8mm Bail Opening for Necklace
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This Alexander the Great coin was minted during his lifetime in the ancient city of Issos, located near the Mediterranean Sea in present day southern Turkey. Tutored by Aristotle in his youth, Alexander succeeded his murdered father King Philip II in 336 BC and during this time, Greek Asia Minor was under Persian control. Here in November 333 BC, Alexander led his Macedonian troops against King Darius III and the Persians in the Battle of Issos. This was the second great battle of Alexander's conquest of Asia and the Battle of Issos was a decisive Macedonian victory.
By the time of his death, Alexander had overthrown the Persian King Darius and conquered the entirety of his Empire. Alexander's own Empire in 323 BC, stretched from the Adriatic Sea to Egypt and as far east as the Indus River in India. Undefeated in battle, Alexander was one of history's most successful military commanders. His legacy lived on long after him, ushering in centuries of Greek settlement and Hellenistic culture over distant areas.
The obverse of this coin shows the Greek hero Hercules wearing a lionís skin of armor. This was important to Alexander's hereditary line, as he claimed to be descended from the mythological hero. The reverse shows Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, seated on a throne and holding an eagle. Zeus was the most powerful of all the Greek gods and his appearance on Alexander's coinage symbolizes Alexander's status as leader of all the Greeks.