Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress--fine artistic die with eye iris and pupil rendered. Reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros (with eagle) seated left, naked to the waist, holding an eagle on his right hand and a long scepter in left; eight-rayed star in left field; to right, spear-head upwards. Müller 317; Price 1759; "Price" = M. The Coinage in the Name of Alexander the Great... Drachms were struck in the name of Alexander III in order to pay his soldiers.Greek mercenaries received two kinds of pay, a daily allowance for food and supplies and a monthly rate paid in a lump sum at the end of their enlistment. Drachms, hemidrachms and obols served to pay the daily rate, while tetradrachms and, above all, gold staters, were used for final payments.
A cavalryman might well receive a drachm a day for sustenance; foot soldiers earned three obols. OUR GUARANTEE: All illustrations are of the actual item offered. The authenticity of all pieces is fully guaranteed. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins: Ancient\Greek (450 BC-100 AD)".The seller is "zeus_gallery" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.