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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Macedonian Kingdom| > SH08281
Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C.
Struck in the name of King Philip III Arrhidaeus, Alexander the Great's half-brother, under the regent Perdikkas. Philip III and Alexander's infant son, Alexander IV, were made joint kings after Alexander's death. Philip was the bastard son of Philip II and a dancer, Philinna of Larissa. Alexander the Great's mother, Olympias, allegedly poisoned her stepson Philip III as a child, leaving him mentally disabled, eliminating him as a rival to Alexander. Neither Philip III nor Alexander IV was capable of actual rule and both were selected only to serve as pawns. The regents held power, while Philip III was actually imprisoned. In 317, Philip was murdered by Olympias to ensure the succession of her grandson.
SH08281. Gold stater, Price 193, VF, Mesopotamia, Babylon (Hillah, Iraq) mint, weight 8.47g, maximum diameter 17.4mm, die axis 225o, obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet ornamented with a griffin; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΦIΛIΠΠOY, Nike standing left holding wreath and ship's mast, monogram at feet left, wheel in left field; SOLD




  






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