Friday, March 5, 2010

Coins Found Dating to Alexander the Great

A collection of Hellenistic coins dating back to the era of Alexander the Great were found recently near Najm Castle in northern Syria .

A local man found the coins as he was preparing his land for construction, uncovering a bronze box that contained around 250 coins. Yousef Kanjo, director of archaeological excavations at Aleppo Department of Archaeology and Museum said the box contained two groups of silver Hellenistic coins: 137 tetra drachma (four drachmas) coins and 115 drachma coins.

One side of the tetra drachma coins depicts Alexander the Great, while the other side depicts the Greek god Zeus sitting on a throne with an eagle on his outstretched right arm. 34 of these coins bear the inscription "King Alexander" in Greek, while 81 coins bear the inscription "Alexander" and 22 coins bear "King Phillip."

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