Macedon, Pella mint
circa 340/36-328 BC
Laureate head of Apollo right
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Charioteer driving biga right; thunderbolt below
18.24mm, 8.58g, 10h
Good VF, underlying luster, a few light marks
illustrated in Le Rider; from the Ealing Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group Printed Auction 90 (23 May 2012), Lot 422; ex Classical Numismatic Group Printed Auction 111 (29 May 2019), Lot 104; ex Bâle 1975
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).
Philip II of Macedon was King of Macedon and father of Alexander the Great and Philip III Arrhidaeus. The gold staters of this type is 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.