Alexander the Great’s coinage reflects the immense wealth he accumulated during his conquests. For his silver coinage, Alexander chose the universal types that would appeal not only to the Greeks but also throughout his empire. The obverse head of Herakles wearing the skin of a Nemean lion was a suitable type for the warrior king. Herakles had also appeared on earlier Macedonian issues, for it was through this hero that the Macedonian royal line could claim to be of truly Greek descent. In the east, this figure could be equally identified as the Phoenician Melqart. The reverse type of Zeus enthroned, holding an eagle and scepter, marks a continuation of the depiction of Zeus on Philip’s coinage as well as marking Alexander’s claim to be leader of the Greek states. The silver artifact is set in a 14kt gold pendant.