Description:This Alexander the Great coin was minted in the ancient Greek city of Pella. In 356 BC, Alexander was born in Pella, which was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia and the seat of his throne. In his youth, he was tutored there by the famed philosopher Aristotle until the age of 16 and then succeeded his murdered father King Philip II in 336 BC.
Alexander became one of the most successful military commanders of all time and was undefeated in battle. 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 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, while 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.