Macedon, uncertain mint
Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing right
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman wearing petasos advancing right; YE control mark beneath horse
18.65mm, 5.7g, 6h
aEF, obverse slightly off centre, dark green patina, smooth and shiny surfaces
ex Solidus Numismatik e.K. Premium Auction 20 (21 October 2017), Lot 39
SNG ANS 842; SNG München 196; SNG Saroglos 75; SNG Leipzig 579; BMC Online 2002,0101.1550; HGC 3, 882; SGCV II 6696-6698 var. (control mark); SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG Kikpe -; Drama -; Müller -; Mionnet -
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An exceptionally well-preserved specimen and one of the best of its type. The auction-house which previously handled this coin misattributed it to SNG ANS 896. The control mark is clearly not a trident and the obverse is a clear match for the youthful obverses on SNG ANS 842-843.
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.