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Koinon of Macedonia, Reign of Severus Alexander, c. 231 - 235 A.D., Alexander and Bucephalus
Plutarch tells the story of how, in 344 B.C. Philonicus the Thessalian, a horse dealer, offered a massive wild stallion to Alexander's father, King Philip II. Since no one could tame the animal, Philip was not interested. Alexander, however, seeing that the horse was afraid of his own shadow, promised to pay for the horse himself should he fail to tame it. He was given a chance and surprised all by subduing it. Alexander spoke soothingly to the horse and turned it towards the sun so that it could no longer see its shadow. Eventually, Bucephalus allowed Alexander to ride him. Embarrassed, Philip commented, "O my son, look thee out a kingdom equal to and worthy of thyself, for Macedonia is too little for thee." Alexander named the horse Bucephalus because the horse's head seemed "as broad as a bull's." Bucephalus died of battle wounds in 326 B.C., in Alexander's last battle. Alexander founded the city of Bucephala (thought to be the modern town of Jhelum, Pakistan) in memory of his wonderful horse.
RP89161. Bronze AE 25, AMNG III
423; BMC Macedonia
p. 23, 104; Lindgren
1379; SNG Hunterian
735 var. (no star
); cf. SNG Cop
1372 (2 neokorie); SNG Bar
-, aVF, blue green patina
, Beroea(?) mint, weight
10.892g, maximum diameter
25.4mm, die axis
, c. 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse
of Alexander the Great right, as Herakles, clad in Nemean lion
scalp headdress; reverse KOINON
MAKE∆ONΩN NEΩ, Alexander riding his horse Bucephalus right, cloak flying behind, couched spear in right hand, reins in left, star
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