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Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, 359-336 BC, AE Unit, Bucranium Control Mark


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Origin: Macedon, uncertain mint
Authority: Philip II
Denomination: AE18
Composition: Bronze
Date: 359-336 BC
Obverse: Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing right
Reverse: ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman advancing right; bucranium control mark beneath horse
Size: 18.08mm, 5.6g, 12h
Grade: gVF, fine style, boldly struck, tight flan, high relief, attractive black patina with yellow highlights
Provenance: ex H.D. Rauch eAuction 23, Lot 1533; Lanz (ebay) 2013
References: SNG ANS 847; SNG Copenhagen 604; SNG Christomanos 199; Drama 20; Müller 50; Mionnet 745; BMC Online 2002,0101.1597; HGC 3, 882; SGCV II 6696-6698 var. (control mark); SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG Saroglos -; SNG Soutzos -; SNG Kikpe -
General: Two prior auction houses attributed this coin to SNG ANS 886 which would make the control mark a bunch of grapes. The control mark more closely resembles the bucranium depicted in Drama 20 and we have therefore reattributed this coin to SNG ANS 847.

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.
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