The Greek drachma (Eλληνική δραχμή) was the name given to the currency of Ancient Greece. It takes its name from the drachma, the ancient unit of measurement used in many Greek city-states and in many Middle Eastern kingdoms of the Hellenistic period. Alexander the Great was the legendary king of the Hellenistic Kingdom of Macedon. Born in 356 BC and tutored by Aristotle, he succeeded his father, Philip II, when he was just 20 years old. In just 10 years from his ascension to the throne, he built one of the largest empires of the Ancient World, as his kingdom stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River. He died in Babylon, which he intended to make the capital of his empire, in 323 BC, at just 33 years of age. The inclusion of both Herakles and Zeus on the coin refers not only to Alexander’s demi-god’s heroic abilities, but also alludes to his prowess and supreme lineage.
Pair of Alexander the Great Drachm Cufflinks
A fine pair of silver cufflinks featuring an Alexander the Great silver drachm set in a modern frame. The face of each cufflink presents the coin’s obverse, which depicts the profiled head of Herakles, wearing his characteristic lion-skin headdress. The reverse, partly covered by the frame, displays the Greek god Zeus enthroned to the left, holding an eagle in his right hand and a sceptre. The Greek inscription ΑΛΕΞΑΝ∆ΡΟ[Υ] is written vertically to the right of the figure of Zeus in the genitive case, which translates as, ALEXANDROY meaning ‘[the coinage] of Alexander’. These two cufflinks are slightly different in size and shape.
Condition: Good condition, suitable for modern wear.