Description:Alexander, also known as Alexander III of Macedon, was one of the most successful military commanders of all time and it is presumed that he was undefeated in battle. Born in 356 BC, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16 and succeeded his murdered father King Philip II in 336 BC. By the time of his death, Alexander had overthrown the Persian King Darius III 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. His legacy lived on long after him, ushering in centuries of Greek settlement and Hellenistic culture over distant areas.
The obverse side of this ancient bronze Alexander the Great coin shows the head of Apollo. In Greek mythology, Apollo the patron God of archers, was recognized as the God of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; music, poetry and the arts. He was the son of Zeus and as the patron of Delphi, Apollo was the prophetic deity of the Delphic Oracle. Medicine and healing were associated with Apollo and he was seen as a God who had the ability to cure. The reverse side of this coin features a prancing horse with a Boeotian shield below.