Coin - Hemidrachm, King Alexander III (the Great), Macedonia, 336-323 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2355

A silver hemidrachm coin issued in the Empire of Alexander the Great in the period 336-323 BC
Mint: not recorded

Reference: cf Sear vol 2, p.624 no.6732
Die axis: 11
Statement Of Significance:
Alexander III, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of Macedonia. Born in Pella in 356 BC, he was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16. By the age of 30, he had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world, stretching from the Greece to India. He had a uniform coinage struck throughout his empire, the different mints being indicated by markings on the coin reverses.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 13 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.784 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Eugene von Guerard Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Ancient Greek States - Macedonia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Kings of Macedonia
DateEra: 336-323 BC
Denomination: Hemidrachm
Obverse Description: Head of Herakles wearing lion's skin right
Reverse Description: Zeus seated facing left on throne holding eagle in extended right hand and sceptre in left.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King Alexander III, Macedonia, Ancient Greek States, 336-323 BC
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, pre 1880

Catalogue vol.1 p.16. Coin was found in an NGV safe during McArthur Bequest incorporation, about 1904.
Deity Depicted: Heracles (Ancient God)
Deity Depicted: Zeus (Ancient God)
References: Sear vol 2 p.624 no.6732
  1. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.
  2. [Book], David Sear, Greek Coins and Their Values, Asia and Africa, Seaby, B.A. Ltd., London, 1979, 624 Pages

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