Kings of Macedon, Philip II. 359-336 BC. Kolophon, struck under Philip III by Menander or Kleitos, c. 322-319 BC

Kings of Macedon, Philip II. 359-336 BC. Kolophon, struck under Philip III by Menander or Kleitos, c. 322-319 BC

14,500.00

AV Stater, 8.68g (18mm, 12h). Laureate head of Apollo to right, with the features of Alexander III 'the Great' / ΦΙΛΙΠΠOY Charioteer driving biga to right, holding reins in his left hand and goad in his right; below to right, tripod.

References: Jameson 978 = Kunstfreund 232 = Thompson, Philip, pl. VI, 12 (same dies). Le Rider pl. 93, 26

Grade: A beautiful example of this desirable issue, sharply struck and of the finest style. Minor marks, otherwise, EF (gk1222)

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This coin of Philip II is not one of the standard staters struck at the time. What makes this coin special is that the obverse is suggested to be a laureate head of Apollo but with the features of the future king of Macedonia, Alexander III, the Great. Whether this is true or not the coin differs from the sometimes awkward renditions of Apollo that can be seen on the coins of Philip II. This shows a strong male figure with chiseled and handsome features.