After the death of Alexander III of Macedonia in 323 BC, more commonly known as Alexander the Great, Ptolemy I was appointed the satrap of Egypt, where he declared himself king in 304 BC. The coins struck early in Ptolemy's reign still depicted Alexander in an effort to support their fallen leader. This silver tetradrachm weighs approximately 17.2g and struck at the mint of Ake or Tyre.
The obverse depicts Alexander the Great as Heracles, one of the most famous legends of Greek mythology. The reverse depicts Zeus seated on a throne, holding a scepter, with an eagle perched on his right, with a the Greek inscription translating to "Of Alexander." Depicting Alexander with Zeus shows how highly they thought of their fallen ruler! This coin is in incredible condition considering it is ANCIENT! This museum quality piece has to make its way into your collection!
- Certified authentic by NGC Fine grade
- Alexander the Great
- Thousands of years old