Goddess Athena Silver Cufflins

Kingdom of Macedon, Amphipolis

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Goddess Athena silver cufflinks, inspired by the gold stater of Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedon). The coin depicts the head of Athena facing right and wearing a Corinthian helmet on the one side, and goddess Nike on the other with the inscription ALEXANDROS. This rare gold stater from the Kingdom of Macedon was minted in Amphipolis (336-323 B.C.). An ideal gift with historical value. A jewel that will impress art collectors and history lovers.

Diameter: 1,8 cm 

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Minting of coins by the Macedonian kings began at Aigai circa 480 BC, during the reign of Alexander I. The standards of measure, the regions they reached, their depictions and their inscriptions attest the power of each ruler and the extent of his country's commercial relations. The metals, that were used were, silver at first, and later on, gold and bronze.

Excepting the coins of Alexander I, those of the kings who came after him, until Philip II, did not circulate beyond the borders of the state by reason of the instability which then reigned. The currency of Philip II and Alexander III on the other hand circulated widely. Furthermore, the silver coins minted during the reign of Alexander the Great were the most popular in antiquity. Under the Hellenistic kings the circulation of coins was again limited to the Macedonian kingdom and central Greece.

In the Classical period the royal coins, of excellent artistic quality, were decorated with traditional or contemporary subjects, attesting their issuers' attempts to connect their origins to the mythical progenitor of their dynasty.

In the Hellenistic period the subjects were clearly chosen for the purposes of propaganda, while a novelty was the introduction of realistic portraits of the monarchs. The Successors also instituted the inscription of the royal title on the coins, which was not the case with the previous royal mints.

The gold stater of Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedon), dated to 336-323 B.C., was minted in Amphipolis. The obverse of the coin, features the head of Goddess Athena facing right, wearing a crested Corinthian helmet ornamented with a coiled serpent. The reverse of the coin depicts Goddess Nike standing, facing left, holding a wreath and a stylis. It also bears the inscription ALEXANDROY (AΛEΞANΔPOY).

Original ancient Greek coins are exhibited at the Numismatic Museum in Athens.

336 - 323 B.C.
Dimensions (WxHxD):
2 cm
Gross Weight:
60 gr
Gift packaging - Description Greek & English
9 gr

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