Item: i89624 Authentic Ancient Coin of. The Macedonian Kingdom Alexander I - King: 498-454 B.Silver Hemiobol, 7mm Struck circa 498-454 B. Reference: SNG ANS 7, 1000-4.
VF 5748852-004 Vertical spearhead in beaded border. King of Aigai, Alexander enlarged his kingdom after the retreat of the Pers ians in 479 B. And was the first of the Macedonian rulers to place his name on coinage. Was ruler of Macedon c. Alexander was the son of Amyntas I and Queen Eurydice.According to Herodotus, he was unfriendly to Persia, and had the envoys of Darius I killed when they arrived at the court of his father during the Ionian Revolt. However, he was forced to submit to Persia during the invasion of Greece by Darius' son Xerxes I, and he acted as a representative of the Persian governor Mardonius during peace negotiations after the Persian defeat at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC.
Despite his cooperation with Persia, he frequently gave supplies and advice to the rest of the Greek city states, and warned them of Mardonius' plans before the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC. After the defeat in Plataea the Persian army, under the command of Artabazus tried to retreat all the way back to Asia Minor. Most of the 43,000 survivors were attacked and killed by the forces of Alexander at the estuary of the Strymon river.
Alexander eventually regained Macedonian independence after the end of the Persian Wars. Alexander claimed descent from Argive Greeks and the demi-god Heracles, although Macedon was considered a "barbaric" state by some in Athens, whose territories were threatened by its expansion.After a court of Elean hellanodikai determined his claim to be true, he was permitted to participate in the Olympic Games possibly in 504 BC a honor reserved only for Greeks. He modeled his court after Athens and was a patron of the poets Pindar and Bacchylides, both of whom dedicated poems to Alexander. The earliest reference to an Athenian proxenos, who lived during the time of the Persian wars c. 490 BC, is that of Alexander I. Alexander I was given the title "Philhellene" Greek: f??????? , a tittle used for Greek patriots. Prince Amyntas, who was thought to be the father of Balacrus, father of Meleager and grandfather of Arsinoe of Macedon. Alexander's grandson was Archelaus I. World-renowned expert numismatist, enthusiast, author and dealer in authentic ancient Greek, ancient Roman, ancient Byzantine, world coins & more. Ilya Zlobin is an independent individual who has a passion for coin collecting, research and understanding the importance of the historical context and significance all coins and objects represent. Send me a message about this and I can update your invoice should you want this method. Getting your order to you, quickly and securely is a top priority and is taken seriously here. Great care is taken in packaging and mailing every item securely and quickly.
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