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Reproduction of a silver tetradrachm, attributed to the mint of Amphipolis and dating to the first decade of the 3rd century BC. Alexander is shown here as Herakles (the lion's head is visible on the back of his head), the legendary ancestor of the Macedonian royal house.

On the reverse, seated Zeus with an eagle perched on his right palm, beneath which can be seen a tripod, a symbol of the bond of hospitality: domain of Zeus.

Zeus was an appropriate deity for Alexander to be associated with in his position as new leader of the Hellenic League. Zeus was also Herakles' father. The Greek reads, 'Alexandrou' (of Alexander).

Alexander the Great and Zeus coin pendant

SKU: JV-027
  • dimensions

    Diameter: 2.3cm
  • about this collection of jewellery

    It has been a privilege to work with the Vaphiadis family since 2007. They are one of the best manufacturers of sterling silver jewellery in Greece.

    The collection is inspired by ancient Greek silver and gold coins, the art and jewellery of the Minoan civilisation, familiar symbolic motifs and images, and the animals that played a significant part in ancient Greek culture.

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