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Reproduction in silver of a gold stater of Alexander the Great, minted in Macedonia in the second half of the 4th century BC.
Early in his reign, Alexander embarked on a monetary reform, with the aim of making Macedonian more competitive and 'international'. For the silver coins, he emulated Athenian coinage; for the gold staters, he introduced depictions of Athena and Nike, the winged goddess of Victory. Alexander chose Athena because of her dominant role as supporter of the Greeks in Homer's Iliad (apparently Alexander's favourite book) and Nike for her association with victory and success.
On this coin, Athena is on the obverse, wearing a Corinthian helmet which is decorated with a coiled serpent. On the reverse, Nike holds a wreath. Next to her, in Greek capitals, is ALEXANDROU, translated as (this is a coin) 'of Alexander'.
Handmade for us in Greece, this jewellery collection is inspired by ancient Greek coins, the art and jewellery of the Minoan civilisation, familiar symbolic motifs and images, and the animals that played a significant part in ancient Greek culture.
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