Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, 359-336 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Ear of Grain and Pi Control Marks, struck c. 348/7-343/2 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Philip II
City/Region:
Macedon, Pella mint
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
cira 348/7-343/2 BC
Obverse:
Laureate head of Zeus right
Reverse:
ΦΙΛΙΠ-ΠΟΥ, Youth on horseback right, holding palm frond and reins; below horse, ear of grain and Π control marks
Size:
23.68mm, 13.4g, 9h
Grade:
VF, fine style, well centred, lustrous surfaces
Provenance:
ex Solidus Numismatik Auction 28 (14 April 2018), Lot 2039 (part of)
References:
Le Rider pl. 46, 3; SNG ANS 667-673; SNG Alpha Bank 286; SNG Berry 119; Troxell Group 8, 314; HGC 3, 862; SGCV II 6680-6684 var. (control marks); SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Saroglos -; SNG München-; SNG Ashmolean-

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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.