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Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander, 319 - 297 B.C.
|Amphipolis was a magnificent ancient Greek polis (city), and later a Roman city, whose impressive remains can still be seen. It is famous in history for events such as the battle between the Spartans and Athenians in 422 B.C., and also as the place where Alexander the Great prepared for campaigns leading to his invasion of Asia. Alexander's three finest admirals, Nearchus, Androsthenes and Laomedon, resided in this city and it is also the place where, after Alexander's death, his wife Roxane and their small son Alexander IV were exiled and later murdered. Excavations in and around the city have revealed important buildings, ancient walls and tombs. The finds are displayed at the archaeological museum of Amphipolis. At the nearby vast Kasta burial mound, an important ancient Macedonian tomb has recently been revealed. The unique and beautiful "Lion of Amphipolis" monument nearby is a popular destination for visitors.|
GB81361. Bronze AE 20, SNG Alpha Bank
937 ff.; SNG Cop
1154 ff. var. (monogram
), VF, Macedonia
or Amphipolis mint, weight
2.209g, maximum diameter
20.1mm, die axis
, 305 - 297 A.D.; obverse head
of Herakles right clad in Nemean lion's scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse
BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAΣΣAN∆POY, lion
standing left, breaking spear with mouth and right fore-leg, monogram
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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