Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, 359-336 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Helios Lambda Control Mark, struck c. 348/7-343/2 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Philip II
City/Region:
Macedon, Pella mint
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
cira 348/7-343/2 BC
Obverse:
Laureate head of Zeus right
Reverse:
ΦΙΛΙΠ-ΠΟΥ, Youth on horseback right, holding palm frond and reins; below horse, head of Helios and Λ control marks
Size:
25.82mm, 14.5g, 12h
Grade:
gVF, fine style, well centred, toned, lustrous surfaces, banker's mark on obverse, test cut on reverse
Rarity:
rare
Provenance:
ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachf Auction 420 (1 November 2017), Lot 1089; ex A.G. Basel Auction 27 (1996), Lot 188
References:
Le Rider 151; HGC 3, 862; SGCV II 6680-6684var. (control marks); SNG ANS -; SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG München -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Saroglos -; SNG Christomanos -; SNG Soutzos -; Müller -; Mionnet -

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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.