Obverse: Baal of Tarsos Enthroned to the Left,
Holding a Lotus-Headed Sceptre, Unknown
Symbol Underneath Throne
Reverse: Lion Walking to the Left
Upon the conquest of Mesopotamia by Alexander
the Great and his armies, a series of local
minted in Babylon by Alexander and continued
under his successors. Prior to Alexander's
arrival, Babylon was controlled by the Persians,
and his coins were minted according to the
Persian standard and decorated with Persian
motifs, no doubt in order to reinforce his own
legitimacy as the Eastern styled "Great King."
This period of occupation is generally referred to
by scholars as part of the Alexandrine Empire.