3rd-1st Centuries BC Greek Empire Alexander the Great Silver Tetradrachm Posthumous Countermark NGC VF

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Iconic Silver Coins of Alexander the Great

  • STRUCK MORE THAN 2,400 YEARS AGO – These Silver Tetradrachms were struck between 221 and 188 BC and feature the image of Alexander the Great. Though Alexander had died in 323 BC – more than 100 years before these coins were struck – his legacy was so powerful that his image was posthumously struck on coins by rulers of the lands he had conquered.
  • UNIQUE COUNTERMARK – This historic coin is even more unique thanks to the addition of a countermark. The mark appears as an anchor on the coin’s reverse. Often associated with the Seleucid kings of Syria, the mark was added to the coin to authorize its use within the Seleucid kingdom.
  • ALEXANDER THE… GOD – The image of Alexander on these coins is significant because it shows him draped in the skin of the Nemean Lion in reference to the Greek God Heracles and one of his 12 labors. This unequivocally means that Alexander was the living embodiment of Heracles and thus… a god!
  • HIGH-GRADE COLLECTION CONDITION – Your 3rd-1st Centuries BC Greek Empire Alexander the Great Silver Tetradrachm has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in Very Fine (VF) condition with only moderate wear on the high surface features with sharp details and lettering.
  • SEALED IN A PROTECTIVE HOLDER – Your coin has been sonically sealed in an acrylic holder with a white display core – giving you the best in protection while granting clear sightlines into every beautiful detail. It has also been encapsulated with an exclusive Alexander the Great label.

From his first victory as an 18-year-old general in the service of his father until his final conquest in India a little more than a decade later, Alexander the Great made himself into a living legend and carved out an empire that stretched from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. One of the greatest military tacticians that ever lived, Alexander never lost a battle despite often been outnumbered. Not only did he expand his empire to the furthest known point in Asia, but he was also responsible for spreading the Greek culture to a huge part of the world, leaving a legacy that lasts to this day.

That legacy lives on in the coins that were struck not just during and his lifetime but in the centuries that followed by the rulers of the lands he had conquered. Of the coins that were struck in the years following the death of Alexander, these Silver Tetradrachms struck between 221 and 188 BC are among the most iconic. Each features the image of Alexander the Great draped in the skin of the Nemean Lion in reference to the Greek God Heracles and one of his 12 labors. This unequivocally means that Alexander was the living embodiment of Heracles and thus… a god! This historic coin is even more unique thanks to the addition of a countermark. The mark appears as an anchor on the coin’s reverse. Often associated with the Seleucid kings of Syria, the mark was added to the coin to authorize its use within the Seleucid kingdom.

Coins like this minted in the years after Alexander’s death are designated as Posthumous issues. And, in addition to portraying Alexander as Heracles, the coin also features a portrait of Zeus, further making the case for Alexander’s divinity. Zeus – the King of the gods, lord of Mount Olympus and the father of Heracles – is shown on the coin’s reverse seated on a throne, holding an eagle and scepter.

Your Silver Tetradrachm of Alexander the Great has been certified and graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in Very Fine (VF) condition with only moderate wear on the high surface features with sharp details and lettering. It will come sonically sealed in an acrylic holder with a white display core – giving you the best in protection while granting clear sightlines into every beautiful detail. It has also been encapsulated with an exclusive Alexander the Great label. This is a “great” coin to add to your coin collection. Click one to your cart and hold a piece of Alexander the Great’s empire in yours hands!

Condition Graded
Grade VF
Currency Type Tetradrachm