Macedon, uncertain mint
Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing right
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman advancing right; Δ ("delta") control mark beneath horse
18.20mm, 6.5g, 5h
Choice gVF, well centred on large flan, green patina, several scrapes
ex H.D. Rauch eAuction 23, Lot 1537; Lanz (ebay) 2015
Rare control mark. Only two examples of this ancient coin found in online auction archives. Unpublished in most references.
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.