Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, AE17, I Control Mark, 359-336 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Philip II
City/Region:
Macedon, uncertain mint
Denomination:
AE17
Composition:
Bronze
Date:
359-336 BC
Obverse:
Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing right; A to left
Reverse:
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman wearing petasos advancing right; I control mark beneath horse
Size:
17.05mm, 6.6g, 5h
Grade:
aEF, well centred, green patina, smooth surfaces,
Rarity:
apparently unique and unpublished
Provenance:
ex Solidus Numismatik e.K. Premium Auction 20 (21 October 2017), Lot 37
References:
SNG ANS 931-932 var. (no A on obverse); Drama 72 var. (same); HGC 3, 882 var. (same); SGCV II 6696-6698 var. (no A on obverse, different control mark); SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG München -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Saroglos -; SNG Christomanos -; SNG Soutzos -; SNG Kikpe -; Drama -; Müller -; Mionnet -

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Apparently unique and unpublished. Both SNG ANS and the Drama Hoard list out those examples which have a letter on the obverse. However both make no mention of this in relation to examples listed with the same control mark as this coin, indicating that the authors were unaware or dismissed the possibility of, a letter on the obverse. We have therefore reattributed this coin as a variant to those in SNG ANS and the Drama Hoard. There does not appear to be another example in all standard references for the bronze coinage of Philip II, online auction archives, or the online collections of the American Numismatic Society and the British Museum. This coin is not currently for sale. Please contact us if you wish to discuss acquiring it.

Philip II of Macedon was King of Macedon and father of Alexander the Great and Philip III Arrhidaeus. The bronze series of this type is extensive and differentiated principally by the different symbols and letters which appear on the reverse and occasionally on the obverse. These symbols and letters, known as control marks, were used to identify the officials responsible for a particular issue of coinage.