Mint State Gold coin from the era of Alexander the Great!
This Gold Stater (8.56 gm) was struck sometime during the reign of Alexander III, more commonly known as Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia from 336-323 BC. Born in Macedon (modern day Greece) in 356 BC to parents Philip II, king of Macedonia and Olypias, Alexander was tutored by the Greek philosopher Aristotle until the age of 16. After the assassination of his father, Alexander, aged 20 inherited a strong kingdom and an experienced army. By the time he was 30 he created one of the largest empires of the ancient world. Even though he died at the age of 33, his influence was so pronounced that military leaders in the succeeding centuries used him as a benchmark for leadership and tactics.
The obverse shows the helmeted head of Athena, goddess of wisdom and warfare, while the reverse features Nike, winged goddess of victory.
This is a superb ancient coin that has been graded Mint State by NGC with Strike and Surface ratings of 4/5 and 5/5 respectively. An outstanding example of Gold coinage that is more than 2,300 years old!
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