The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Ancient Greek Alexander and Roman Lucius Verus coins
The 1975 Allied Artists film "The Man Who Would Be King" shows some ancient coins
of Alexander the Great and, inadvertently, a well-known Roman tourist fake coin.
who set out in the 1880's for a remote part of Afghanistan where one becomes appointed as a king.
and Christopher Plummer as reporter Rudyard Kipling.
which the men handle.
The film stars Sean Connery and Michael Caine as two former British soldiers who venture
into 1880's Afghanistan to find a lost kingdom and appropriate a treasure.
The film was directed by John Huston and was filmed mostly in Morocco.
and appoint him their king.
2. The two gentlemen introducing themselves
3. The two gentlemen on horseback in uniform, sergeants in the British Army
4. The city founded by Alexander
5. Daniel gets his crown
6. In the treasure room, Daniel holds up a coin
7. The coin appears to be similar to an Alexander tetradrachm
Only the obverse of the coin appears in the film
The coin in the film is larger than an authentic coin, obviously a film prop coin
A Roman coin appears in the lower right, see below
8. An actual tetradrachm from the period of Alexander
This coin was issued in Thrace, Greece by one of Alexander's successors, Lysimachos.
Obverse: Head of Alexander the Great wearing the Horn of Ammon
Reverse: Athena left on throne, left arm on shield, spear on right side
Struck: BC 288-281 (about)
It reads "COS II / S C" under a chariot and four horses, a legend and design used on
some ancient Roman coins.
The coin in the film is a modern fake Roman coin produced for sale to tourists.
9. Image rotated to place Roman coin at top
The coin is similar to the fake/fantasy Roman Lucius Verus (AD 161-169) coin below:
10. Fake Roman coin of Lucius Verus
This coin is a popular fake made for sale to tourists visiting ancient historical sites in Europe and Asia.
as while few tourists are familiar with Roman history, many would have seen the film "Ben-Hur"
which is set at the time of Christ and features such a chariot in the climatic chariot race scene.
from AD 161 to 169 which is long after the time of Alexander the Great.
Sean Connery as Daniel Dravot
Michael Caine as Peachy Carnehan
Christopher Plummer as Rudyard Kipling
Saeed Jaffrey as Billy Fish
Writers: John Huston, Gladys Hill, Rudyard Kipling (story)