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On this replica coin, Athena is on the obverse, wearing a Corinthian helmet which is decorated with a coiled serpent, representing the Athenian chthonic deity Erichthonios. On the reverse, winged standing Nike holds a wreath. Next to her, in Greek capitals, is ALEXANDROU, translated as (this is a coin) 'of Alexander'. Early in his reign, Alexander embarked on a monetary reform, with the aim of making Macedonian more competitive and 'international'.

For the silver coins, he emulated Athenian coinage; for the gold staters, he introduced depictions of Athena and Nike, the winged goddess of Victory. Alexander chose Athena because of her dominant role as supporter of the Greeks in Homer's Iliad (apparently Alexander's favourite book) and Nike for her association with victory and success. This is a copy of the latter.

Athena and Nike coin earrings

SKU: JV-250
  • dimensions

    drop: 4cm, diameter of coin: 1.5cm
  • 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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