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COA Lifetime issue, Alexander the Great! Silver Drachm Lampsacus Mint 328-323 BC

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Alexander the Great !! Silver Drachm !!

Lifetime issue, Lampsacus Mint 328-323  B.C.

Lifetime issue. This coin was  issued during the lifetime and rule of Alexander the  Great. Most Alexander coins were issued after his death.

There are two main styles on the back (reverse). One has  Zeus with his legs open side by side and another style  has one leg behind the other. While most Lifetime Issues  have Zeus with his legs side by side and most posthumous  issues have one leg behind the other. Alexander died at  the age of 33 in 323 BC. The coins minted under his name  from 336 to 323 BC are referred to as Lifetime Issues  and command a high price today. This nice drachm is A  lifetime issue.

This  coin is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity!

Kingdom of Macedonia, Alexander the Great (336-323 BC )  
Lifetime  AR Silver Drachm.

Lampsacus Mint 328-323 B.C.

Obv: Head of Herakles (Alexander)  right in lionskin headdress.

Rev:   ALEXANDROU Zeus seated left, legs open, holding eagle and sceptre,
Demeter standing holding two torches in left field, 

D  on I  on O  monogram below.

Price 1356; Mueller 398; SNG Cop 881.

Weight: 4.0 grams Size: 20 mm Material: Silver

Despite the Zeus' open legs as a foolproof attribution test, Price appears to  have used Zeus' legs as help in designating tetradrachms as lifetime or  posthumous. At Babylon, Lampsacus, Sardes, and Salamis, all lifetime varieties  have open legs and all posthumous varieties have crossed legs. Memphis is the  only major mint that struck both lifetime and posthumous tetradrachms in which  all the tetradrachms have crossed legs.


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When Alexander conquered territories, he looted the  conquered kingdoms precious metals, gold and silver  (i.e., plunder).  He, and his successors, minted coins  in his name with that plunder.  These coins are the  plunder of Alexander the Great.


Alexander the great Greek hero and his Lion skin headdress 

Lion was symbolic  of irresistible might or supernatural power. The  Macedonian kings also wore the lion’s skin.     

“I am not afraid of an army of  lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep  led by a lion” - Alexander III  

Statue of Alexander the great  wearing  a lion skin just like his ancestor Hercules. The  Macedonians considered themselves as descendants of the  Heraclidae kings and the Dorians.

Here we see in the left Hercules  wearing his lion skin (525-500BC) and from the right we  see Alexander the great wearing also a lion skin. This  was done in Macedonian art in order to emphasize their  Greek Dorian roots.

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Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), king of Macedonia, conqueror of  the Persian Empire. Born in Pella, the ancient capital  of Macedonia, Alexander was the son of Philip II, king  of Macedonia. Greek philosopher Aristotle was  Alexander's tutor, instructing him in rhetoric and  literature and stimulating his interest in science,  medicine, and philosophy.

In 336 BC Philip  was assassinated, and Alexander ascended to the throne.   He quickly solidified his rule at home and then attacked  Thessaly to  restore Macedonian rule there. In 335 BC he  defeated the Thracians,  penetrating to the Danube River.  On his return he crushed the Illyrians  before hastening  to Thebes, which had revolted. He razed the city,   sparing only temples and the house of Pindar, a Greek  lyric poet of the  5th century BC. Other Greek states  promptly submitted to Alexander's rule.

Alexander began his war against Persia in the spring of  334 BC, defeating  a Persian army near the ancient city  of Troy. Subsequently, all the states  of Asia Minor  submitted to him. Advancing southward, Alexander   defeated the main Persian army, commanded by King Darius  III, at Issus, in  northeastern Syria in 333 BC. He then  took Tyre in 332 BC. Alexander next  captured Gaza and  traveled into Egypt. He secured control of the entire   eastern Mediterranean coastline and founded, at the  mouth of the Nile  River, the city of Alexandria, which  later became the literary,  scientific, and commercial  center of the Greek world.

Alexander next reorganized his forces and started for  Babylon. In 331 BC  he again defeated Darius, and Babylon  surrendered. Alexander then forced  his way to Persepolis,  the Persian capital, and plundered it. By 327 BC  his  domain extended along and beyond the southern shores of  the  Caspian Sea, into much of central Asia.

In  326 BC Alexander invaded the Punjab. At this point the   Macedonians rebelled and refused to go farther.  Alexander spent about a  year organizing his dominions  and completing a survey of the Persian Gulf  in  preparation for further conquests. He arrived in Babylon  in the  spring of 323 BC, but then he contracted a fever  and died.

Alexander was  noted as a brilliant military tactician and troop   leader. He founded a number of cities, most of them  named Alexandria.  These cities were well located and  settled by Greek veterans from his  army. Thus, Greek  culture was spread and the Greek language became widely   known.




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