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
25.60mm, 14.46g, 1h
gVF, fine style, boldly struck, obverse slightly off centre, reverse slightly double struck, old cabinet tone
rare, rare die combination
illustrated in Le Rider; from the 1965 Thessalonica (or Olympias in Chalcidice) region hoard (CH I, 37); from a collection acquired in 1970 and viewed by Le Rider and Martin J. Price; from a German collection formed in the 1980s to early 2000s, ex Leu Numismatik AG Auction 4 (25 May 2019), Lot 205
Le Rider 326 (D177/R263 – this coin, illustrated); SNG ANS 399-400 (different dies); Müller 11; HGC 3, 864 (same); SGCV II 6680 var. (vertical thunderbolt); SNG München -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Berry -; SNG Christomanos -; SNG Soutzos -; 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.