Macedon, uncertain mint
Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing left
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman advancing left; Lion's head control mark beneath horse
17.72mm, 6.2g, 3h
VF, tight flan, obverse off centre, nicely toned
ex H.D. Rauch eAuction 23, Lot 1533; ex Lanz (ebay) 2012
The control mark on this coin has also been alternatively described as an unknown symbol, thunderbolt, crab, and head of Helios.
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.