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Silver Coin of Alexander the Great - FJ.5748
Origin: Israel
Circa: 336 BC to 323 BC

Collection: Greek Silver Coin Necklace
Medium: Silver/Gold


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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The character of Alexander the Great is both fascinating and mystifying. He was by turns brilliant, ambitious, generous, cruel, logical, a little mad and ultimately elusive. It is possible that he even thought of himself a God. Alexander III, king of Macedon and later king of Persia was the most legendary and visionary leader the world had ever known. He was born in 356 B.C., the son of Philip II of Macedon and the headstrong queen Olympias. While Alexander was growing up, his father was bringing Greece under Macedonian hegemony, with the ultimate goal of destroying the Persian Empire. In addition to extensive military training, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle. Relations between his father and mother were often strained and both Alexander and Olympias have been implicated in the assassination of Philip III in 336 B.C. at this time, Alexander became the ruler of Macedon and the leader of the of the unified invasion force against Persia. He led his army across the Hellespont in 334 B.C. And won a series of decisive victories that led to the ultimate downfall of the Persian king Darius III. Alexander conquered Egypt and founded a new city, Alexandria that became on of the great capitals of antiquity. Altogether Alexander and his army marched as Far East as India and created one of the largest unified empires ever known. Alexander died at the age of thirty-three and his kingdom was divided amongst his more ambitious followers. This stunning silver coin minted during the reign of king Alexander features. One side the dramatic profile of Alexander with his characteristic lion mane. The other side of the silver coin depicts the seated Greek God Zeus, holing an eagle on his outstretched right hand, while the left hand grasps a scepter. Framed by a stunning gold necklace, this radian silver coin hearkens us back to an extraordinary period in time when one man with a grand vision changed forever the course of history. - (FJ.5748)

 

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