This remarkable sculptured sarcophagus can still be seen in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum.
Because of the close relationship between Alexander and Herakles, the Successor kings, including Seleukos, often struck coins with the image of young Herakles. The type was extremely popular in the Hellenistic period and was even adopted for use on the civic coinages of cities like Lysimacheia in Thrace.
The reverse type of Zeus Olympios was no doubt chosen in part because of the god's popularity in Macedonia, the land in which Mount Olympos was situated. At the same time Zeus was also a great panhellenic deity who was recognized throughout the Greek speaking world. This fact cannot have been missed by Alexander who invoked the war against Persia with the claim that he wished to avenge the wrongs committed against all of Greece during the Graeco-Persian Wars.
The coin illustrated above is easily recognized as a modern
forgery for many reasons. Most notable are the numerous air bubbles that
mar the types, indicating that the piece was cast and not struck. The reverse
type was engraved by an especially inept forger. His Greek lettering is
poor and he seems to have completely misunderstood the monogram beneath
the throne of Zeus. The forger has also bungled the lotus flower that should
terminate Zeus' scepter. Instead, the flower looks more like the tip of
a trident. On top of all of these stylistic problems, the coin's low weight
of 3.54g (drachms on the Attic standard weighed around 4.25g) also
gives it away as a fake.
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