Gold stater

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 286–281 B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Gold

Dimensions: Diam.: 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)

Classification: Coins

Credit Line: Gift of Edmund Kerper, 1952

Accession Number: 52.127.4


From the beginning of his reign, Alexander the Great envisioned himself as the champion of the Greeks against the Persians and their other enemies, and his choice of coin types and the image chosen by subsequent Macedonian rulers were apparently influenced by the concept. On the obverse of this gold stater is the head of the deified ruler wearing a diadem with ram's horns; on the reverse is an image of a seated Athena crested with a Corinthian helmet, and a flying Nike carrying a victory wreath.