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Longing for Alexander the Great
A legend in gold

20.05.2005 to 18.12.2005


The life, work and legacy of Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) left a deep mark on his contemporaries and succeeding generations. His image appears on coins over a period of more than 600 years after his death.

The Numismatic Collection owns, as a special rarity, five golden medallions from a large treasure trove dating from Latin times in Abukir, Egypt. The impressive depictions on these medallions illustrate the history of the Macedonian king. From these medallions and other ancient coins on display the exhibition elucidates Alexander's continuous popularity. In this way, it provides an astonishing insight into earlier perceptions of a legend which still has the power to fascinate and continues to connect the ancient world with the present.