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ID number:  BIRBI-G0006
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Maker:  Alexander III; Berytus?
Denomination:  Hemidrachm
Place made:  Beirut
Culture:  Greek
Date made:  336 BC-323 BC
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  1.40
Weight (g):  2.66
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Bt Sidney Mygind, 21 May 1991, through the P. D. Whitting Fund (PDWF no. 12).

Description:  Obverse: head of Herakles r., clad in lion skin. Reverse: Zeus enthroned l., holding eagle standing r. The images of the demi-god and king of the gods on the reverse and obverse of the coin alludes to the divine ancestry of Alexander. Herakles was often used by Hellenistic rulers on their coins as a figure of strength.

Inscriptions:  Mint-mark: B [retrograde]

Bibliography:  Cf. Price 3409

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Alexander III
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