Macedon, uncertain mint
Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing right
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman advancing left; N control mark beneath horse
16.62mm, 5.4g, 5h
gF, dark patina, rough surfaces
ex Ilya Zlobin
SNG Copenhagen 614; SNG Alpha Bank 388-390; SNG ANS 939; Drama 58; cf. Sear 6696-8; HGC 3, 882 var. (control mark)
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.