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05 Alexander the Great drachm (posthumous) AR Drachm 323-322 BC Artwork
Now I've been reading a bit. If you didn't sleep all day in school, you certainly had to remember Alexander The Great being mentioned.

This coin does not show Alexander The Great or Alexander III but I think, AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ on the reverse is telling me that the coin is one of a series of Kings of Macedon and that translates to ALEXANDROU.

I am somewhat guessing this, please tell me I am on the right track.

So, the obverse has the demi-god Heracles, son of Zeus, with a lionskin headdress. In Roman mythology, he would be Hercules. Of course, everyone knows a little bit about him. I'm going to learn a lot more.

After Heracles was caused to become temporarily insane by Hera, he murdered his own wife Megara and their children. Hera was Zeus's wife but not the mother of Heracles. His mother was the mortal princess Alcmene.

For the murders, he was sentenced for twelve years, in punishment. As part of his sentence, Heracles had to perform labors, difficult feats which were quite impossible. He did have the help of Hermes and Athena.

The lionskin, is probably that of the invincible Nemean Lion. The claws of the lion were so sharp and strong, they could cut trough any armor.

In his next adventure with the killing the 9 headed Lernean Hydra, he is often seen wearing the lionskin.

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