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Ancient Greek coins form a fascinating field of study for the numismatic scholar.  Struck from hand-cut dies, most pieces depict real or mythological persons or events.  Coins in this set are Replicas cast in lead-free pewter, stamped copy, & plated to match their original appearance
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Research has established that the class of Decadrachm to which this coin belongs was the first issued shortly after the Syracusian Victory.  The Chariot on the reverse symbolizes the races which were run at the Festival of the Assinarians.  The obverse shows the head of Arethusa whose fountain of sweet water still rises on the north side of the Island of Ortygla.  The dolphin’s symbolize the sea around the Island.
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TETRADRACHMA OF GELAS, THE BULL: this coin is from Gela, Sicily & bears the River God, Gelas, the Bull with a bearded human face on the obverse.  The reverse shows a two- horse chariot with Nike flying overhead, crowning the horses & a Charioteer walking.  The human headed bull, which is one of the earliest Rhegine coins, probably represents the small streams falling into the sea near Rhegium.


Gelas the Bull
Gelas the bull

TETRADRACHMA OF RHEGIUM: this coin is from Rhegium, Italy.  The obverse bears a Lions head on a rounded shield.  The reverse has a seated Zeus holding a staff in his right hand.  Dated 435-425 BC.


Rhegium coin
Greek coin

ATHENA was the daughter of Zeus, the King of Gods, & his first wife Metis, which was of all beings, “the most knowing”.  Athena was the Goddess of the city, the Protectress of Civilized Life, of Artesian Activities & of Agriculture.  She invented the horse-bit which, for the first time,tamed horses, allowing men to ride them.  Athens is her city, the olive tree, created by her, is her tree, & the owl, is the birth consecrated to her. This was one of the most widely circulated coins in Greece.  Bearing the image of Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom on the obverse, & the Owl of Wisdom on the reverse.



TETRADRACHMA OF NAXOS, SICILY 735 BC: this coin has Dionysus, known as God of Wine & Ecstasy, Agriculture, Fertility of Nature & also as Bacchus, the Roman God on the obverse.  The reverse has his always-intoxicated demi-god Silenius, aide to Bacchus.



Alexander was the son of King Philip II of Macedon, born in 336 B.C.  He was considered one of the greatest military commanders of the ancient world.  This achievement inspired envy & imitation from Roman generals such as Pompey & Caesar.  Educated by Aristotle, he first led his troops at the age of 18.  After his fathers death he beat the superpowerful Persians.  He came close to conquering the civilized world but he died at a young age of 33 in June of 323 B.C.  They are not sure what killed him either the bout of heavy drinking due to his many wounds or that he was poisoned.  
An Exact Replica


Alexander coin
Alexander coin