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Ancient Greek 3rd Century BC Alexander the Great Coin Diamonds 22K Gold Pendant

US$7,375

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A high-grade authentic ancient tetradrachm coin from Thrace (a historical region which now encompasses parts of Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey) with a depiction of Alexander the Great is set in a handmade 22K gold multi-spirals bezel with five 1.8 mm accent VS1 diamonds in this Steven Battelle design. This coin was minted by the King Lysimachus who had previously been Alexander's bodyguard. After Alexander's death, his territories were divided into 4 parts, and Lysimachus became ruler of Thrace. This coin shows Alexander clean shaven, with the "horns of Ammon" symbolic of his posthumous deification. These “horns of Ammon” symbolize Alexander’s claim that he was the son of the Egyptian god Ammon—a claim reportedly confirmed by the oracle at the sanctuary of Zeus-Ammon at Siwa, Egypt. On the reverse of the coin, Lysimachus exerts his own royal autonomy by naming himself “king.” The goddesses Athena and Nike (Greek for “victory”) crown his name with laurels, which symbolized victory or honor. The lion on the shield at Athena’s side references Lysimachus’s famous exploit of killing a lion with his bare hands and reinforces his association with Alexander, who used the skin of the Nemean lion as a symbol of power and courage. This pendant comes with a laminated coin certificate of authenticity. The chain shown is not included but can be ordered additionally.

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Steven Battelle

After a chance trip to SouthEast Asia in 1987, Steven Battelle became fascinated with the jewelry and iconology from the ancient cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Asia. Eventually forming a partnership with a dedicated group of Balinese village goldsmiths using painstaking handmade techniques, they together create unique designs that incorporate those timeless and classic motifs. He incorporates primarily cabochon gemstones as well as ancient Greek and Roman coins, each piece capturing the feelings of a bygone age. If you wish to create your own special piece, similar to a style we make, please let us know, and we'll see what we can do.
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