Denomination: AV Stater
Date: Circa: 336-323 BC
Weight: 8.53 g
Grade: NGC 6558187-020 - XF Strike: 4/5 Surface: 2/5
Mount: 18k gold with a .20ctw Diamonds on bale and prongs.
Description: MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great - Lifetime issue of Lampsacus Obverse: Head of Athena right, hair flowing in loose waves behind and over left shoulder, wearing pendant earring, beaded necklace, and triple-crested Corinthian helmet pushed back on head, long divergent crest ends, bowl decorated with coiled serpent right. Reverse: AΛEΞANΔPOY, Nike standing facing, head left, wreath in outstretched right hand, styli’s cradled in left arm; conjoined foreparts of two horses in outer left field, ΔIO monogram in left field below wing.
History: Alexander, King of Macedonia, began ruling immediately after the death of his father, Philip II and brought the Greek Empire to its peak. Through his conquests, he minted these coins in many variations of type and style. Each bears the face of Herakles (Hercules) wearing a headdress of the Nemean Lion. This animal was fierce and virtually indestructible, so using his super-human strength and intelligence, Herakles decided to strangle the lion since he was unable to cut through its skin. After he killed the lion, he used its own razor-sharp claws to remove its hide, and forever after Herakles wore the lion's skin for protection and as a symbol of his victory. Alexander wanted to be like Herakles, and was also known to wear a lion’s skin, invoking his strength and courage. On the obverse, Zeus is enthroned, holding an eagle in one hand and royal scepter in the other with the name “Alexander” inscribed on the side. These coins continued to circulate hundreds of years after the death of Alexander the Great.