Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, 359-336 BC, AE Unit, Head Left, Bucranium Control Mark, the Finest Style
Ruler/Emperor:
Philip II
City/Region:
Macedon, uncertain mint
Denomination:
AE17
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:
17.65mm, 6.9g, 12h
Grade:
gVF, the finest style, struck off-centre on tight flan
References:
SNG ANS 846; Drama 21; Müller 50; HGC 3, 884; SGCV II 6699 var. (control mark); SNG Alpha Bank -;SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Saroglos -; SNG Christomanos -

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The finest style, the obverse portrait is flawlessly executed

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.