The so-called Porus medallions of Alexander the Great: crucial historical numismatic objects or clever counterfeits?

Michael Habicht, Francesco M Galassi, Elena Varotto, Andrew M. Chugg

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Abstract

The paper discusses the so-called Porus medallions associated with the military campaign of Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) in northern India, and specifically with the battle of the Hydaspes in the early Summer of 326 BC. At the present time, three types of silver medallion (of coin weight) and a unique gold medallion are known. We assess the propaganda message, and the doubts concerning the authenticity of some of these types
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-50
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of the Numismatic Association of Australia
Volume29
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Classical Archaeology
  • Ancient Greece
  • Numismatic
  • Alexander the Great
  • Prous
  • Counterfeit coin
  • Hellenistic
  • Coin
  • Art history
  • Tetradrachm

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