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Eastern Europe, Celtic, Imitations of Philip III of Macedon, AR Drachm, 2nd Century BC

76.92 €

Origin:
Eastern Europe
Authority:
imitative of Philip III, Arrhidaeus
Denomination:
AR Drachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
2nd Century BC
Obverse:
Head of Herakles, right, wearing the nemean lionskin headdress
Reverse:
Zeus seated left on throne, one leg drawn back, holding eagle and sceptre; in left field, [monogram]
Size:
18.23mm, 2.8g, 11h
Grade:
F, struck from worn dies, scyphate flan, high obverse relief, toned, rough surfaces, scrapes, toned
Reference:
Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 410 Lot 127 (same dies); Savoca Numismatik Auction 36th Silver Auction Lot 5 (same dies); Lanz 939; CCCBM I 203–4; KMW 1489
Celtic coinage were influenced by Greek designs, especially coins of Philip II of Macedonia nd Alexander the Great, the coinage of whom was widespread throughout the empire and had broad reach in trade. This coin is an imitation of a drachm of Philip IIII Arrhidaeus of Macedon, the half-brother to Alexander the Great. These type of coins have scyphate (cup-shaped) flans. Celtic imitatives range from designs which closely resemble their prototypes, to coins whcih are very abstract in design.
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