Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, AE17, AP and Trident-head 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
Reverse:
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman advancing right; AP monogram and trident-head control mark beneath horse
Size:
17.05mm, 6.5g, 8h
Grade:
aEF, fine style, well struck, brown patina, smooth surfaces
Rarity:
rare
Provenance:
ex Solidus Numismatik e.K. Premium Auction 20 (21 October 2017), Lot 38
References:
SNG ANS 908; Drama 53; HGC 3, 882; SGCV II 6696-6698 var. (control mark); SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG München -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Saroglos -; SNG Christomanos -; SNG Soutzos -; Müller -; Mionnet -

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An exceptionally well-preserved specimen, one of the finest, superior to the plate coins in the references listed above.

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.