Alexander the Great
On Stamps



1937 Greek 6 drachmas stamp. Alexander on his horse Bukephalos striking a Persian soldier during the Battle of Issos. This scene is part of the "Alexander Sarcophagus," a stone coffin decorated with sculpture dated 325-300 BC that was uncovered in Sidon, Phoenicia, and resides in the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. The above stamp was part of a series of 13 Greek stamps issued in 1937, ranging from 5 leptas to 25 drachmas, honoring Greek history. During this time Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas promoted the "Third Hellenic Civilization," following ancient Greece and the Greek Byzantine empire of the Middle Ages.















1955 Greek 2 drachmas stamp. Alexander as he appears on Lysimachos tetradrachm. The above stamp was part of a series of eight Greek stamps issued in 1955 depicting gods, heroes, and other themes from ancient Greece. The same series was reprinted between 1958 and 1960, with the above stamp being in red and having the denomination of 2.50 drachmas. A 1000 drachmas stamp of the same type in blue was issued in 1954. These stamps were issued during a period when Greece was governed by a succession of conservative parties.















1963 Greek 80 leptas stamp. Alexander tetradrachm. The above stamp was part of a series of nine Greek stamps issued in 1963 depicting coins from ancient Greece. A 70 leptas stamp, similar to the above, featuring the same Alexander tetradrachm but with a blue background, was issued by Greece in 1959 as part of a ten-stamp series also depicting ancient coins.















1968 Greek 50 leptas stamp. Alexander on his horse Bukephalos during the Battle of Issos. Like the image on the 1937 6 drachmas stamp above, this detail is part of the "Alexander Sarcophagus." This stamp was issued during the "Régime of the Colonels," when Greece was ruled by a military junta from 1967 to 1974.















1977 Greek 1 drachmas stamp. To left, Lysimachos gold stater with Alexander portrait. To right, detail from Raphael's painting "Parnassus," painted c. 1509 to 1510 AD and residing in the Vatican Palace. The detail depicts a scene in which Alexander the Great honors the work of Homer, the epic poet who lived hundreds of years earlier and whose Iliad was Alexander's favorite work. Alexander identified with its hero, Achilles, and kept a copy of it with him during his military campaigns that had been annotated for him by Aristotle. In the above image, it appears that Alexander is ensuring that the work is stored safely. This stamp was one of seven Greek stamps from 1977, ranging from 0.50 drachmas to 30 drachmas, featuring a Lysimachos stater, each depicting a different scene to the right.















2003 British First Class stamp. Head of Alexander the Great from c. 200 BC statue in British Museum. This marble portrait head of Alexander was acquired by the British Museum in 1872 and is believed to have originated c. 200 BC in Alexandria, Egypt, the city founded by Alexander in 331 BC and the location of his tomb. This stamp was one of six British stamps commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Hans Sloane, who bequeathed a collection of antiquities to Britain, which in turn led to the founding of the British Museum. The other five stamps in this series also portray British Museum holdings, from the four corners of the Earth: the coffin of Denytenamun c. 900 BC (Egyptian), a Sutton Hoo helmet c. 600 AD (Anglo-Saxon), a sculpture of Parvati c. 1550 AD (South Indian), a mask of Xiuhtecuhtli c. 1500 AD (Mixtec-Aztec), and Hoa Hakananai's Stone Statue c. 1000 AD (Easter Island).




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