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Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |II| |of| |Macedonia,| |359| |-| |336| |B.C.|, |stater|
Philip II expanded the size and influence of the Macedonian Kingdom but is perhaps best known as the father of Alexander the Great. He personally selected the design of his coins.
SH29161. Gold stater, Le Rider pl. 75, 63 (D31/R52), SNG ANS 251 (also same dies), SNG Cop 523, aEF, sculptural high relief obverse die, weight 8.591 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 90o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, 340/336 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, charioteer driving a racing biga right, wearing a himation, kentron in right hand, reins in his left hand, ivy leaf right below horses; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |II| |of| |Macedonia,| |359| |-| |336| |B.C.|, |stater|
Philip II expanded the size and influence of the Macedonian Kingdom but is perhaps best known as the father of Alexander the Great. He personally selected the design of his coins.
SH34509. Gold stater, Thompson Philip 14 (same dies); SNG ANS -, gVF, a few light find marks, weight 8.577 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, Ionia, Teos (near Sigacik, Turkey) mint, posthumous, c. 323 - 315 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer in biga right, forepart of winged boar below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY and spear head in exergue; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |II| |of| |Macedonia,| |359| |-| |336| |B.C.|, |tetradrachm|
Philip II became the ruler of all Greece when he defeated the Athenians at the Battle of Chaeroneia in 338 B.C. Philip personally selected the design of his coins. His horse, on the reverse of this coin, won a race in the Olympic Games in 356 B.C., the year his son Alexander the Great was born.
SH90224. Silver tetradrachm, Le Rider 388 ff. (D202/-), SNG ANS 534 ff., SNG Cop 554, SNG Alpha Bank -, EF, toned, obverse slightly double struck, weight 14.386 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 180o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, c. 342 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, naked youth pacing right on horseback, palm frond in right, reins in left, prow below; ex Heritage auction 3032, lot 23068; ex CNG Sale XXVI (11 June 1993), lot 246; SOLD


Aspendos, Pamphylia, c. 380 - 325 B.C.

|Aspendos|, |Aspendos,| |Pamphylia,| |c.| |380| |-| |325| |B.C.|, |stater|
Aspendos is about 40 km east of Antalya, Turkey about 16 km inland on the Eurymedon River. In 546 B.C. it fell to Persia. After a Persian defeat in 467, the city joined the Attic-Delos Maritime League. Persia took it again in 411 B.C., Alexander in 333 B.C., and Rome in 190 B.C. Although often subject to powerful empires, the city usually retained substantial autonomy.
GS85145. Silver stater, Tekin Series 4, SNG BnF 105, SNG Cop 227, SNGvA 4565, Choice EF, well centered and struck, beautiful iridescent toning, weight 10.958 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, Aspendos mint, c. 380 - 325 B.C.; obverse two wrestlers, nude, the left one holds the wrist of his opponent with his right hand and right forearm with his left hand, LΦ between their legs; reverse EΣTΦE∆IIYΣ on left, slinger discharging sling to right, wearing short chiton, triskeles on right with feet clockwise, no trace of an incuse square; the nicest Aspendos stater ever handled by Forum!; SOLD


Selge, Pisidia, c. 300 - 190 B.C.

|Pisidia|, |Selge,| |Pisidia,| |c.| |300| |-| |190| |B.C.|, |stater|
A scarce type inspired by the well known "athletic" issue of Aspendos.
SH28066. Silver stater, SNG BnF 1936, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, BMC Lycia -, EF, minor flan defects on rev, weight 10.747 g, maximum diameter 25.5 mm, die axis 0o, Selge (southern slope of Mount Taurus, Turkey) mint, c. 300 - 190 B.C.; obverse two wrestlers, the left one grabs the wrist and forearm of his opponent, AΛI between their legs; reverse ΣEΛΓEΩN on left, Herakles standing half-left, head turned right, club in raised right, lion-skin in left, O between legs; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III and Alexander IV, 323 - 315 B.C., Types of Philip II

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |III| |and| |Alexander| |IV,| |323| |-| |315| |B.C.,| |Types| |of| |Philip| |II|, |tetradrachm|
Philip II coin types remained prominent in the northern regions of the Macedonian Kingdom long after his death. This coin was struck after Alexander's death when the kingdom was nominally ruled by Alexander's mentally disabled half-brother Philip III Arrhidaeus, son of Philip II and Philinna, and Alexander IV, the great conqueror's young son. The two were made joint kings by Alexander's generals who only used them as pawns. Philip III was imprisoned upon his return to Macedonia, and in 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from Olympias. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by the boy's regent, Kassander, in 311 B.C.
SH72301. Silver tetradrachm, Le Rider p. 68 and pl. 22, 530 (D281/R437); SNG Lockett 1414, SNG ANS 450 var. (shield under foreleg), SNG Alpha Bank 276 var. (same), SNG Saroglos -, aEF, excellent centering, graffiti, weight 13.299 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 135o, Macedonia, Pella mint, c. 323 - 315 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, nude youth pacing right on horseback, palm frond in right, reins in left, coiled snake below, Boeotian shield in exergue; SOLD


Aspendos, Pamphylia, 370 - 333 B.C.

|Aspendos|, |Aspendos,| |Pamphylia,| |370| |-| |333| |B.C.|, |stater|
After Alexander took Perga peacefully, Aspendos sent envoys to offer surrender if he would not take the taxes and horses formerly paid as tribute to the Persian king. Agreeing, Alexander went on to Side, leaving a garrison behind. When he learned they had failed to ratify the agreement their own envoys had proposed, Alexander marched to the city. The Aspendians retreated to their acropolis and again sent envoys to sue for peace. This time, however, they had to agree to harsh terms - they would host a Macedonian garrison and pay 100 gold talents and 4,000 horses annually.
SH10815. Silver stater, SNG BnF 97, SNG Cop -, SNGvA 4568 (obv die), Choice EF, weight 11.011 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 0o, Aspendos mint, 370 - 333 B.C.; obverse MENETYΣEΛYΦA (in ex), two wrestlers, the left one holds the wrist of his opponent with his right and right forearm with his left hand, FN (N retrograde) between their legs; reverse EΣTΦE∆IIYΣ on left upward, slinger, wearing short chiton, discharging sling to right, triskeles on right with feet clockwise, in square of dots, no trace of incuse; ex CNG, ex Seaby; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C., Struck in the Name of Philip

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |III| |Arrhidaeus| |and| |Alexander| |IV,| |323| |-| |317| |B.C.,| |Struck| |in| |the| |Name| |of| |Philip|, |tetradrachm|
Philip II coin types remained prominent in the northern regions of the Macedonian Kingdom long after his death. This coin was struck after Alexander's death when the kingdom was nominally ruled by Alexander's mentally disabled half-brother Philip III Arrhidaeus, son of Philip II and Philinna, and Alexander IV, the great conqueror's young son. The two were made joint kings by Alexander's generals who only used them as pawns. Philip III was imprisoned upon his return to Macedonia, and in 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from Olympias. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by the boy's regent, Kassander, in 311 B.C.
SH70941. Silver tetradrachm, Le Rider 507a (D270/R418), SNG ANS 441 (same dies), SNG Berry 111, SNG Cop -, SNG Munchen -, SNG Alpha Bank -, VF, fine style, deep punch obverse center, weight 14.218 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 45o, Macedonia, Pella mint, c. 323 - 317 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse youth on horseback right, holding palm frond, bee right (control symbol) below; ex Classical Numismatic Group e-auction 233 (26 May 2010), lot 123; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander, as Regent, 317 - 305 B.C., In the Name and Types of Philip II

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Kassander,| |as| |Regent,| |317| |-| |305| |B.C.,| |In| |the| |Name| |and| |Types| |of| |Philip| |II|, |tetradrachm|
Antipater's son but not his heir, Kassander seized power in 317 B.C. He had no intention of surrendering rule to Alexander's son, who was to be king when he came of age. In 311 B.C., Kassander had Alexander's young son and the boy's mother, Roxane, murdered. In 305 B.C., he declared himself king of Macedonia. Kassander restored peace and prosperity to the kingdom, while founding or restoring numerous cities (including Thessalonica, Cassandreia, and Thebes). He was, however, so ambitious, unscrupulous, and ruthlessness that even members of his own family were estranged from him.
SH75805. Silver tetradrachm, SNG ANS 760 (same dies); Le Rider pl. 47, 1; SNG Alpha Bank 331; SNG Cop -; SNG Munchen -; SNG Saroglos -, Choice VF, attractive style, light toning, bumps and marks, weight 14.306 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, c. 315 - 307 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, naked youth on horse pacing right holding palm, Λ over bucranium under horse's belly, E under foreleg; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |II| |of| |Macedonia,| |359| |-| |336| |B.C.|, |didrachm|
Philip II became the ruler of all Greece when he defeated the Athenians at the Battle of Chaeroneia in 338 B.C. Philip personally selected the design of his coins. His horse, on the reverse of this coin, won a race in the Olympic Games in 356 B.C., the year his son Alexander the Great was born.
SH54913. Silver didrachm, Le Rider 109 (D50/R92); SNG ANS -, gVF, toned, light porosity, weight 6.648 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 195o, Amphipolis mint, c. 355 - 348 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in lion's skin headdress; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠ[OY], Philip on horseback left, wearing kausia, raising hand, club below; ex Spink (with old round tag priced 600); rare; SOLD




  




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