circa 356-345 BC
Head of Herakles left, wearing lion skin
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΩΝ, Tripod; Θ to left
17mm, 5.69 g, 5h
VF, black patina with earthen highlights
HGC Plate Coin; from the Belgica Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 155 (3 January 2007), Lot 21; ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 415 (28 February 2018), Lot 44
This coin is illustrated in HGC 3: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Macedon and Its Neighbors. Part I: Macedon, Illyria, and Epeiros, Sixth to First Centuries BC [The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Volume 3]. 2016.
Established by Thasian colonists I 360/359 BC, the city originally was known as Crenides. However after being conquered in 356 BZC by Philip II of Macedon, the city was renamed to Philippi. It survived under the Roman rule but was abandoned sometime during the Byzantine era. Its ruins still exist today.