Warrior

Greek (1000 drachmas, 1941) Alexander the Great, (356–323 BC)

King of Macedonia and Conqueror of the Persian Empire. He is the most celebrated member of the Argead Dynasty and created one of the largest empires in ancient history. Alexander was tutored by the famed philosopherAristotle, succeeded his father Philip II of Macedon to the throne in 336 BC after the King was assassinated, and died thirteen years later at the age of 32. Although both Alexander's reign and empire were short-lived, the cultural impact of his conquests lasted for centuries. Alexander was known to be undefeated in battle and is considered one of the most successful commanders of all time. He is one of the most famous figures of antiquity, and is remembered for his tactical ability, for his conquests, and for spreading Greek culture into the East, marking the beginning of Hellenistic civilization.

France(100 Frances, 1959), Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Napoleon was a military and political leader of France and Emperor of the French. He is the most charismatic general in French history, famed for his military successes and (at the same time) for not quite conquering Europe. Starting as a second lieutenant in the French artillery, he rose quickly through the ranks until he staged a 1799 coup that made him First Consul of France. (In 1804 he went further, proclaiming himself emperor.) He led his armies to victory after victory, and by 1807 France ruled territory that stretched from Portugal to Italy and north to the river Elbe. 

Sweden (5 Kronrr, 1977), Gustav 1 Vasa (1496-1560)

Gustav I Vasa (1496-1560), King of Sweden (1523-1560), founder of the Swedish royal House of Vasa and creator of an independent Sweden. Gustav was born in 1496 and was educated at the University of Uppsala. As a young man he entered the army, and from 1518 to 1519 he fought against Christian II, King of Denmark, who had invaded Sweden to regain the throne that the Danes had lost in 1501. Gustav was taken hostage but managed to escape. He was still a fugitive when he heard of Christian's massacre of his father and other nationalist Swedish nobles in Stockholm in 1520. From 1521 to 1523, with an army of peasants, Gustav led a successful revolt and drove the Danes out of Sweden. His victory resulted in the dissolution of the Union of Kalmar, which in 1397 had placed Sweden and Norway under the Danish Crown. Gustav was administrator of the kingdom from 1521 to 1523, when the Riksdag, or national assembly, elected him king. Gustav created a strongly united state by introducing a sound financial administration, strengthening manufacturing, trade, and agricultural interests, and increasing the military forces. In 1544 he made the Swedish crown hereditary through his line, the House of Vasa.

Mongolia (500 Tugrik 1997), Genghis Khan (1165-1227)

The creator and leader of Mogul empire. He is probably one of history's most feared rulers, is famed for establishing and expanding the legendary Mogul Empire. Genghis Khan was only his title. His real name is Temujin. His name stuck anguish in hearts across Asia and Europe, yet he remains as an icon to the people of Mongolia. He could slay thousands without flinching.

Scotland (1 Pound, 1988 ),King Robert the Bruce (1274-1329)

Robert the Bruce was the Scottish monarch who secured Scotland's independence from England. He was King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329. He became one of Scotland's greatest kings, as well as one of the most famous warriors of his generation, eventually leading Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence against the Kingdom of England. Bruce is remembered in Scotland today as a national hero, similar to George Washington in the American Revolution, and is referred to as "The Hero King" by many Scottish writers.

Sierra Leone (1,000 Leones, 2003), Bai Bureh (1840-1908)

As a young man, Bai Bureh attended a training school for warriors. He became a famous war leader in the 1860s and 1870s. In 1886, He was crowned ruler of Kasseh, a small kingdom near Port Loko. He organized large-scale guerilla revolt against the British. The British captured him in 1898 and sent him into exile. He was reinstated as a Chief of Kasseh in 1905.

Venezuela (10000 Bolivares, 1998), Simon Bolivar (1738-1830)

Simon Bolivar was one of South America's greatest generals.  His victories over the Spaniards won independence for Bolivia, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. He is called El Liberator (The Liberator) and the "George Washington of South America."










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