Alexander the Great, AR drachm, the obverse features the head of Alexander the Great as Hercules in right profile, wearing a lion skin knotted at the base of the neck both coins set as fashionable gold clip earrings.
Background: Alexander also known as Alexander III of Macedon, was one of the most successful military commanders of all time and it is presumed that he was undefeated in battle. Born in 356 BC, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16 and succeeded his murdered father King Philip II in 336 BC. By the time of his death in 323 BC, Alexander had overthrown the Persian King Darius III and conquered the entirety of this empire. Alexander's own empire stretched from the Adriatic Sea to Egypt and as far east as the Indus River in India. His legacy lived on long after him, ushering in centuries of Greek settlement and Hellenistic culture over distant areas.
Condition: set as clip-on earrings ca. 1960's.
Dimensions: Length: 1.5 inches (3.81 cm), Width: 1.5 inches (3.81 cm)
Provenance : Private Florida collection, acquired in Jerusalem in the late 1960's.