Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, 359-336 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Lambda Bucranium and E Control Marks, struck c. 315/4-295/4 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Philip II (posthumous); issued under Kassander
City/Region:
Macedon, Amphipolis mint
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 315/4-295/4 BC
Obverse:
Laureate head of Zeus right
Reverse:
ΦΙΛΙΠ-ΠΟΥ, Youth on horseback right, holding palm frond and reins; below, Λ over bucranium; to right, below, E
Size:
22.75mm, 13.74g, 2h
Grade:
VF, well centred on tight flan, nicely toned, light test cut on reverse
Provenance:
ex H.D. Rauch e-Auction 24 (29 September 2017), Lot 47
References:
Le Rider Pl. 47, 1; SNG ANS 759-762 (different dies); SNG Alpha Bank 331 (same); SNG Saroglos 53 (same); SNG Ashmolean 2486 (same); Müller 54; Mionnet I 60; HGC 3, 988 var. (control marks); SGCV II 6684 var. (control marks); SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG München -; SNG Christomanos -; SNG Soutzos -

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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.