Ancient Greek Alexander III The Great Posthumous Issue Silver Drachm, Kolophon Mint, 322-319 BC
Denomination: Silver drachm
Period: Struck just after Alexander's death in 323BC
Origin: Kolophon mint
Obverse: Head of Hercules in lionskin headdress (although after Alexander's death his likeness is believed to have been used to give the issuer credence).
Reverse: Zeus seated holding eagle and sceptre, ALEXANDROY behind, spearhead to right
Size and Weight: 18mm, 4.36g
References: Price 1762, Muller 315
Features and Provenance: Alexander (the Great) III reigned for only 13 years, dying at the age of 33. During his time on the Macedonian throne he managed to conquer most of the known world, from Greece to India. He was born in 356 to Philip II and succeeded to the throne in 336 BC on the assassination of his father. At Alexander's own death, he was heirless and with no successor, the ruling void resulted in four decades of civil war. His four generals split his lands between themselves and many called themselves king after a period of acceptance. The head of Herakles or Hercules on the obverse of the coin is supposed to have the likeness of Alexander, but this has never been proven.
Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between
Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear
Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear
Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn
Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible
- Product Code: 21060304
- Availability: Sold