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 Herakles on the coin refers not only to Alexander’s demi-god’s heroic abilities, but also alludes to his prowess and supreme lineage.
Alexander the Great Silver Drachm Pendant
A fine Alexander the Great silver drachm pendant featuring a drachm coin set in a modern 18ct gold frame with an intricate golden filigree design round the perimeter. Attached to the top is a loop for suspension. The frame displays a London hallmark, hand crafted by a Hatton Garden jeweller. The front of the pendant features the coin’s obverse, which depicts the profile head of Alexander the Great dressed as Herakles, wearing the Nemean lion-skin headdress. The reverse displays the Greek god Zeus enthroned to the left, holding an eagle in his right hand and a sceptre in his left. The Greek legend AΛEΞANΔPOΥ (Alexandrou) is written vertically to the right. Written in the genitive case Alexandr -ou, the inscription translates as ‘[the coinage] of Alexander’.
Please be aware the chain is for reference only, we do have chains available upon enquiry.
Condition: Very fine condition. Some earth encrustations on surface.