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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Alexander the Great| > SH111609
Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C., in the Name/Types of Alexander the Great
|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |III| |Arrhidaeus| |and| |Alexander| |IV,| |323| |-| |317| |B.C.,| |in| |the| |Name/Types| |of| |Alexander| |the| |Great|, NEWSardes surrendered without a struggle to Alexander the Great in 334 B.C. Alexander stayed in Sardis for a few days soon after taking the city. He gave thanks to Zeus for delivering Sardes peacefully and decided to erect a shrine to Zeus there. When a sudden summer thunderstorm began and thunderbolt struck near the old palace of the Lydian kings, Alexander believed Zeus himself selected the site. He ordered the shrine be built on that spot. Alexander was said to have been fathered by Zeus in serpent form. A snake was found beside his sleeping mother, Olympias. Alexander's father, Philip of Macedon, is reputed to have never again coupled with the 'Bride of the Serpent.'
SH111609. Gold stater, Price 2608; Mller Alexander 247, VF, attractive bust of Athena, light marks, edge splits, Lydia, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, weight 8.214g, maximum diameter 18.3mm, die axis 0o, c. 323 - 319 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, wearing necklace and pendant earring; reverse Nike standing half slightly left, head left, wreath in extended right hand, stylus in left hand, TI in a circle outer left, ivy leaf lower inner left; $3200.00 ON RESERVE











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