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Alexander the Great in India

Alexander the Great in India
Alexander the Great in India.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 Alexanders 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. The Battle of the Hydaspes River represents the Alexander's annexation of the Punjab. The Battle of is historically significant for opening up India for Greek political and cultural influence for many centuries. By July 326 B C Alexander's army mutinies and refuses to go further. Alexander sent most of his army back to Carmania (Iran). In December 325 BC Alexander returns to Carmania. He spends his last years in Persia. Alexander the Great dies in Babylon in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in July 323 B.C. 5 by 7 inches, number 340.
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