Alexander in India - Historic Replica DeckaDrachm Coin
After conquering Persia in 230 BCE, Alexander the Great marched east through central Asia. By the fall of 227 BCE. Alexander captured modern day Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and a large part of Pakistan.
In August of 227 BCE Alexander moved his military campaign into the ancient gateway of he Indian subcontinent - the Punjab.
In June of 326 BCE, Indian King Poros, fought Alexander in the Battle of the Hydaspes River. This fierce battle resulted in a complete Macedonia victory. 23,000 Indian soldiers and 1,000 Macedonians perished.
Impressed by Poros' stature and willingness to fight to the death, Alexander permitted Poros to rule the Punjab and become Alexander's ally.
To commemorate his Indian victory, Alexander produced a large silver deckadrachm.
Obverse: On the right side, Alexander on horseback thrusting a spear at a mahout (elephant driver) and his master seated on an Indian elephant. The mahout and master look back towards Alexander, the master grasps the end of Alexander’s spear with his right hand, the mahout brandishes a spear in his right hand above his head while holding two further spears in his left hands.
Reverse: Alexander standing to left, wearing military attire and sword holding a thunderbolt in his right hand and a spear in his left, Nike flies above to right to crown him. (Sear 6216)
Only 14 of these large coins survive. Examples are in museums and private collections.
This historical set includes a lead free pewter replica of this rare silver medallion.
Comes attached to a 5" x 7" Informational Card.
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