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Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Alexander the Great

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

336/323 BCE

Artist:

Greek, minted in Damascus, Syria

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays Alexander the Great as Herkales, indicated by the hero’s signature lion skin cloak.
On the back (reverse) the god Zeus is depicted seated, with an eagle in his right hand and a staff in his left. The forepart of a ram is visible directly in front of him.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Alexander the Great

Origin

Ancient Greece

Date

Struck 336 BCE–323 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΠΟΥ Reverse: ΑΛ

Dimensions

Diam. 2.6 cm; 17.19 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.713

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