Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, 359-336 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Dolphin and Pi Control Marks, struck c. 323/2-316/5 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Philip II (posthumous); issued under Kassander
City/Region:
Macedon, Amphipolis mint
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 323/2-316/5 BC
Obverse:
Laureate head of Zeus right
Reverse:
ΦΙΛΙΠ-ΠΟΥ, Youth on horseback right, holding palm frond and reins; below, dolphin; to right, Π (pi) with dot underneath
Size:
23.19mm, 14.10g, 10h
Grade:
VF, obverse slightly off centre, attractive cabinet toning
Provenance:
ex H.D. Rauch e-Auction 24 (29 September 2017), Lot 46
References:
Le Rider Pl. 46,19; SNG ANS 749-756 (different dies); SNG Berry 120 (same); SNG Soutzos 326 (same); SNG Ashmolean 2478 (same); Müller 214; Mionnet I 51 (no dot); HGC 3, 988 var. (control marks); SGCV II 6684 var. (control marks); SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG München -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Saroglos -; SNG Christomanos -

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Philip II of Macedon was King of Macedon and father of Alexander the Great and Philip III Arrhidaeus. The silver tetradrachms of this type is extensive and differentiated principally by the different symbols and letters which appear. These symbols and letters, known as control marks, were used to identify the officials responsible for a particular issue of coinage.