AE unit of Philip II
359-336 BC., King of Macedonia, "Olympic games issue" - head of
Apollo right wearing taenia / young male rider on
prancing horse right, club control mark below (5.37 grams, 16 mm) uncertain Macedonian mint,
SNG ANS 868 SNG Alpha Bank 351-353, Fine,
black patina, estimate $75
This coin was designed to immortalize Philip"s own victory in the
equestrian events at the Olympic games in 356 BC., the year of
Alexander the Great"s birth. The reverse of this type likely depicts his
winning horse. Philip II was an Olympic champion three times. In the 106th Olympics, in 356 BC., Philip II won the race, riding his
horse. In the 107th Olympics, in 352 BC., Philip II won the four-horse chariot
race. In the 108th Olympics, in 348 BC., Philip II was the winner of the two
colt chariot race.
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