Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, AE18, Head Left, Horseman Left, Lion\'s Head Control Mark, 359-336 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Philip II
City/Region:
Macedon, uncertain mint
Denomination:
AE19
Composition:
Bronze
Date:
359-336 BC
Obverse:
Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing left
Reverse:
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman advancing left; Lion's head control mark beneath horse
Size:
17.72mm, 6.2g, 3h
Grade:
VF, tight flan, obverse off centre, nicely toned
Provenance:
ex H.D. Rauch eAuction 23, Lot 1533; ex Lanz (ebay) 2012
References:
SNG ANS 872-874; SNG Alpha Bank 371-373; SNG München 167-168; SNG Saroglos 78; Drama 36; HGC 3, 885; cf. SGCV II 6696-6699; SNG Copenhagen -

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The control mark on this coin has also been alternatively described as an unknown symbol, thunderbolt, crab, and head of Helios.

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.