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Silver tetradrachm in the name of Alexander III, Macedonia, 275-70 BC

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Discover some of the coins in the Winchester Cabinet, a collection of over 3000 ancient coins, medals and tokens collected by William Eyre, an eighteenth-century barrister, held by Leeds Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Pierced silver penny of King Offa of Mercia by Lul found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, Leeds University Library
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Gold Angel of Charles I found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Silver denarius by Lucius Hostilius Saserna found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Gold aureus of Hadrian found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Gold Gallo-Belgic Stater, Ambiani tribe, Picardy found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Copper halfpenny token, Robert Wright, Alfreton found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Silver tetradrachm, Athens, found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Silver Shilling of Charles I, Pontefract Castle,found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Gold solidus of Constans II, Constantinople, found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Silver penny of Harold II, Canterbury, found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Gold Fine sovereign of Mary I, London, found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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White metal medal by Bennett of Sarum, found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Silver tetradrachm in the name of Alexander III, Macedonia, found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Silver denarius of Julius Caesar, found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Alexander the Great was arguably one of the most famous figures of antiquity, with an empire that spanned three continents from Greece to India. He died from a fever at the age of 33 in 323 BC. Tetradrachms continued to be issued in his name for nearly three centuries after his death.

Their longevity was due to city magistrates regulating their weight in silver, making them a reliable currency for international trade. The obverse of this coin shows Herakles wearing a lionskin headdress, the reverse depicts Zeus holding an eagle and sceptre.

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