Ancient Greek Gold Stater Coin Of King Alexander The Great Of Macedon - 323 Bc For Sale
Anancient Greek goldstater of King Alexander the Great of Macedon,struck circa 328-323 B.C.
The obverse depicts the portrait of the goddess of wisdom and warfare, Athena. She isshownfacing right with herhair flowing out from under aplumedCorinthian helmet, adorned with a coiled snake,her lips slightly parted.
The reverse shows a standing figure of goddess of Victory,Nike herbeautiful wings spread wideand holding a laurel wreath in her outstretched right hand andstylis (cross arm of a ship's mast) in her left.The legend reads;
The symbol of victory (laurel wreath) in Nike's right hand, joined with the ships stylis in her left suggestsa referenceto Greece's great and famous naval victory over Persia in the battle of Salamis in 480 B.C. Many historians believe that a Persian victory would have changed the course of Western civilization. It is, therefore, considered one of the most significant battles in human history.
Alexander was one of the greatest leaders and military tacticians to have ever lived. His Empire covered an enormous portion of the Earth's surface and his influence on western culture is so profound that it is hard to underestimate. Alexander and his new Macedonian army, composed of highly effective Phalanx units, were responsible for the 'hellenization' of lands as far away as the Hindu Kush in modern-day Pakistan-Afghanistan.
Weight: 8.55 g.
Diameter: 17 mm.
Ex. Collection of Professor J.E.Seaver. Professor Seaver taught ancient history at the University of Kansas and was a keen opera lover, hosting his own radio show on the subject for nearly 60 years. He was a passionate collector of ancient coins and often used them to aid his teaching. ArtAncient Limited has been fortunate enough to acquire a large portion of the Seaver collection. A short biography of Prof. Seaver, including a photograph of the man, is available to the new owner upon request.
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