Macedon, uncertain mint
Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing right
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman advancing right; HΓ (gamma) control mark beneath horse
17.89mm, 5.5g, 4h
VF, glossy dark patina,
ex Nomos AG Oblos Auction 10 (30 June 2018), Lot 81
When this coinw as sold at auction, the vendors hypothesised that the coin may have been struck much later, under Kassander. They observed that 'the HΓ monogram can be found on the contemporary tetradrachms in the name of Alexander the Great, which were struck in Amphipolis between 317-305; cf. Le Rider pl. 47, 2.'.
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.