Macedon, Pella mint
circa 342/1-337/6 BC
Laureate head of Zeus right
ΦΙΛΙΠ-ΠΟΥ, Youth on horseback right, holding palm frond and reins; below horse, thunderbolt; in exergue, [N]
24.90mm, 14.46 g, 10h
Choice VF, fine style, boldly struck, reverse off centre, attractive cabinet toning
rare die combination
Pedigreed: illustrated in Le Rider; from the 1965 Thessalonica (or Olympias in Chalcidice) region hoard (CH I, 37); ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 410 (29 November 2017), Lot 15; ex Birkler & Waddell II (11 December 1980), Lot 124;
Le Rider 234 (D117/R189 – this coin, illustrated); SNG ANS 385ff (different dies); SNG Saroglos 49-50 (same); SNG Alpha Bank 272 (same); HGC 3, 864 (same); SGCV II 6680 var. (vertical thunderbolt); SNG München -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Berry -; SNG Christomanos -; SNG Soutzos -; Müller -; Mionnet -
List of references used by Ancient Coin Traders
This coin is published and illustrated in the standard reference for the gold and silver coinage of Philip II: Le Rider, G. Le monnayage d’argent et d’or de Philippe II frappé en Macédoine de 359 à 294. (Paris, 1977). The coin was originally discovered in the 1965 Thessalonica (or Olympias in Chalcidice) region hoard (CH1, 37).
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.