Ancient Gold Stater and Diamond Pendant
This French piece has 33 old cut diamonds which total approximately .80 cts. These diamonds encircle a prong set ancient high carat gold Alexander the Great lifetime stater, 8.61g, official issue from Abydos, Asia Minor, c. 328-323 BC. This beautiful gold coin is representative of Alexander the Great's conquering the Persian Empire, the mightiest the world had yet seen, and his attempt to unite East and West, Persia and Greece. To promote this effort of cultural fusion, Alexander dressed as a Persian, adopted Persian ways, directed his soldiers to marry Persian women, and appointed Persians to high administrative positions. The stater has fine relief and under magnification slight surface scratches. The pendant bail was added at a later time. On the edge of the piece is a hallmark in a rectangle which is indistinct. The pendant suspends from a modern diamond chain which is 16 inches in length and has 1 ct of diamonds. We will sell the pendant with or without the chain. The price listed herein includes the diamond chain.