Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, AE18, YE Control Mark, 359-336 BC
- Macedon, uncertain mint
- Philip II
- 359-336 BC
- Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing right
- ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman wearing petasos advancing right; YE control mark beneath horse
- 18.1mm, 5.7g, 9h
- Choice gVF, attractive green patina with earthen fill, double strike on reverse
- ex FORVM Ancient Coins (May 2017)
- SNG ANS 842; SNG München 162; SNG Saroglos 75; SNG Leipzig 579; BMC Online 2002,0101.1550; HGC 3, 882; SGCV II 6696-6698 var. (control mark); SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG Kikpe -; Drama -; Müller -; Mionnet -
One of the finest bronze coins of King Philip we have ever come across. The portrait of a young man / Apollo on the obverse is striking. The contrasting patina brings out the high relief and smooth fields of this coin.
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.