Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009

Tetradrachm: Head of Young Herakles (obverse); Zeus (reverse)

Tetradrachm: Head of Young Herakles (obverse); Zeus (reverse)

336–323 BCE

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Diameter: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Weight: 1.1 g (0.04 oz.)

Die axis: 3

Gift of Dr. Jacob Hirsch 1941.294


Did you know?

Alexander the Great claimed descent from Herakles and Zeus, picturing them both on his coinage.


On this coin, the head of a youthful Herakles, wearing his lion-skin, appears on the obverse, with his father Zeus, king of the gods, seated on the reverse. For Alexander III (the Great), coins like this one projected power. Thus, while their attributes (lion-skin, eagle, scepter) identify hero and god, the inscription ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ (of Alexander) identifies the leader.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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