Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, AE20, Prow Control Mark, 359-336 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Philip II
City/Region:
Macedon, uncertain mint
Denomination:
AE20
Composition:
Bronze
Date:
359-336 BC
Obverse:
Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing right
Reverse:
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman advancing right; prow control mark beneath horse
Size:
19.90mm, 6.0g, 6h
Grade:
Choice gVF, fine style, boldly struck on large flan, obverse slightly off centre, attractive dark-green patina, smooth surfaces
Provenance:
ex H.D. Rauch eAuction 23, Lot 1533; Lanz (ebay) 2014
References:
SNG ANS 854; SNG Copenhagen 609; SNG Alpha Bank 365; SNG München 156-157; Drama 26; Müller 185; BMC Online 2002,0101.1558; HGC 3, 882; SGCV II 6696-6698 var. (control mark); SNG Saroglos -

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The prow control mark is exceptionally well defined. One of the finest examples.

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.