250 Hellenistic coins found in Syria

Published on March 4th, 2010 | by Admin


250 coins, dating back to the era of Alexander the Great, have been found in northern Syria.

According to a report in Global Arab Network, a local man found the coins near Najm Castle in the Manbej area in Aleppo governorate, as he was preparing his land for construction, uncovering a bronze box that contained around 250 coins.

He promptly delivered the coins to the authorities who in turn delivered them to Aleppo Department of Archaeology and Museum.

Yousef Kanjo, the director of archaeological excavations at Aleppo Department of Archaeology and Museum, said that the box contained two groups of silver Hellenistic coins: 137 tetra drachma (four drachmas) coins and 115 drachma coins.

One side of the tetra drachma coins depicts Alexander the Great, while the other side depicts the Greek god Zeus sitting on a throne with an eagle on his outstretched right arm.

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2 Responses to 250 Hellenistic coins found in Syria

  1. MamaMacabre says:

    The owl is the symbol of Athena. The alpha, theta, epsilon (?) are the first three letters of her name. I assume that is a picture of Athena on the reverse side…why isn’t Athena mentioned in the news story?

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