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bgr_913967 - MACEDONIA - MACEDONIAN KINGDOM - ALEXANDER III THE GREAT Unité

MACEDONIA - MACEDONIAN KINGDOM - ALEXANDER III THE GREAT Unité AU
250.00 €(Approx. 267.50$ | 210.00£)
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Type : Unité
Date: c.323-320 AC.
Mint name / Town : Byblos, Phénicie
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 5,89 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée. Très beau portrait d’Héraklès. Joli revers. Patine marron
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe d’Héraklès à droite, coiffée de la léonté.

Reverse


Reverse description : Légende entre un goryte avec son arc et une massue posée horizontalement.
Reverse legend : ALEXANDROU/ (AR).
Reverse translation : (d’Alexandre).

Commentary


Ce type est normalement frappé du vivant d’Alexandre III le Grand, mais se rencontre aussi après sa mort, pour son fils Alexandre IV d’abord et les Diadoques.

Historical background


MACEDONIA - MACEDONIAN KINGDOM - ALEXANDER III THE GREAT

(336-323 BC)

Coinage in the name and Alexander III the Great type

Alexander III the Great is the son of Philip II of Macedon and Olympias. He was born in 356 BC, when Philip's horses were triumphing at the Olympic Games. On the death of his father, who was assassinated in 336 BC, he became king of Macedonia at the age of twenty. He immediately crushes the Thebans and razes the city which had revolted. In 334 BC, he went to Asia and, after the victory of Granicus, set out to conquer the Achaemenid Empire, which would take him to Persepolis, then to the gates of India. Back in Babylon, in 325, he married Roxane who gave him a son. Two years later, he died without having completed his work, aged thirty-three..

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