Alexander III AR Tetradrachm. Amphipolis mint. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress / Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre; dolphin before, PO below throne Alexander III en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_the_Great ------------------- "Building upon his father's success in Greece, Alexander III (Alexander the Great, reigned 336-323 BC) set about the conquest of the Achaemenid Persian Empire. By the time of his death at the age of 31, he ruled most of the known world from Greece to Afghanistan. Initially Alexander continued to mint Philip's gold and silver coins. Soon, however, the need for a silver coinage that could be widely used in Greece caused him to begin a new coinage on the Athenian weight-standard. His new silver coins, with the head of Herakles on one side and a seated figure of Zeus on the other, also became one of the staple coinages of the Greek world. They were widely imitated within the empire he had forged." www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/cm/s/silver_tetradrachm_of_alexande.aspx --------------- Amphipolis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphipolis --------------- I took the picture with a Kodak Easy SHare DX4530. I sat the coin in my window after the sun went down a little so the angle of light would help show more detail/depth. I think at some point the coin was in a pendant and was damaged somewhat when they took it out (note the mark right of the staff at the bottum.) I did not edit the picture in any way other than croping the image. There are over 1300 varieties.