The Great

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  1. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    Not every emperor can be called 'great', but here are 'The Great' emperors, who not only conquered far off lands by winning wars every time with victory on their side but showed actual leadership traits (despite simply inheriting the kingdom or being born into aristocracy), they showed humility, and moreover contributed to their respective cultures that their legacies are still resonating to this day!

    Here are my coins from 'The Great' emperors:

    Alexander The Great, lifetime drachm, 328-323 BC.

    Ashoka The Great, Mauryan empire, 268–232 BC.

    Constantine The Great, Roman empire, 325-326 AD

    Justinian The Great, Byzantine empire, 527-565 AD

    Raja Raja The Great, Imperial Cholas, 985-1014 AD.

    Rajendra Chola The Great, Imperial Cholas, 1014-1044 AD.

    Akbar The Great, Mughal empire, 1586 AD.

    Here is the wiki with all the emperors who had the title 'The Great', for your reference.
    Post your coins from 'The Great' emperors!
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  3. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    Great set of coins.
    Here is one that I think is Justinian I. I have been cleaning it but think I can go no further. In the right field is an X over X over III. Mint Mark looks like CON
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  4. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Basileus Megalos

    Theodosius the Great with little T-rex arms.


  5. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    There are quite a lot in Russia, although we're moving into modern here.

    Ivan III the Great Denga, 1478-1505
    Novgorod. Silver, 0.76g. КНZЬ ВЕЛIКI ИВАНЪ ВАСIЛЕВIЧ (Grand Duke Ivan Vasilyevich) (GP 8122 I).

    Peter the Great 5 Kopeks, 1725
    Kadashevsky Mint, Moscow. Copper, 19.8g (Bit 3719 R).

    Catherine the Great 5 Kopeks, 1781
    Ekaterinburg, 58.68g. Crowned monogram of Ekaterina II divides date within wreath. Crowned double-headed eagle (Bit 632).

    Technically, every Mongol emperor was 'the Great (Khan)'.

    Genghis Khan Jital, 1219-1225
    Ghazna, Afghanistan. Billon, 17mm, 4.16g (Album 1969).

    Staying in Asia, the Parthians had their Greats...

    Mithradates II the Great Drachm, 109-95BC
    Rhagai. Silver, 20mm, 4.13g. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩN ΜΕΓΑΛΟY ΑΡΣΑΚΟY ΕΠIΦΑNOYΣ (BASILEOS BASILEON MEGALOU ARSAKOU EPIPHANOUS; Of Great Arsaces, King of Kings, God Manifest) (Sellwood 27.1).

    There are also some from Saxon Britain, like Alfred the Great and Cnut the Great.

    Cnut the Great Penny, 1029-1035
    London. Silver, 18mm, 1.12g. ✠ CNV··T RECX (King Cnut). ✠ GODINC ON LVND (Moneyer GODING of London) (S 1159).


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  6. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter


    Achaemenid Empire
    Darius I
    510-486 BCE
    AR 0.11g 5mm
    1/32nd Siglos
    Persian hero-king in running
    Klein 758 Rare
  7. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    I only have Alexander the Great tetradrachm, lifetime issue.
  8. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter


    India Maurya ser VIB AR Karshapana punchmark 270-175 BC ASHOKA
    Spread Buddhism throughout his Empire in India.

    And, perhaps not CALLED "The Great', but is Great:

    India - Shakya Janapada
    AR 5-Shana
    6th-5th Century BCE
    25mm x 21mm, 7.05g
    Obv: Central Pentagonal punch plus several banker's marks
    Rev: Blank
    Ref: Hirano Type I.8.29
    19 known.
    Coinage from the Ghaghara Gandak River region
    Minted in the Shakya Janaprada during Siddhārtha Gautama's (Later the Buddha) lifetime while he was prince, and under the authority of his father as King
  9. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Something rarely seen on CT.

    Stephen the Great of Moldavia (1457-1504)
    Groat, cca 1488.

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  10. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    There were know coins at this time in Akkadian Empire, however, here is a Cylinder Seal from around the time of SARGON the Great of Akkad. I captured it because of Sargon and his impact on History:

    Cylinder Seal of Hero Fighting Animals. Akkadian, 2350-2200 B.C. Ex J Tabot collection
    Cylinder Seal of Hero Fighting Animals.
    Akkadian, 2350-2200 B.C. Ex J Tabot collection..
    Buff stone cylinder seal with scene of hero wresting antelope and winged lion.
    25 mm.
    Good subject, design worn but still makes an impression.
    From the J Tabot collection.
    Ex: Agora
  11. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    very nice!
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