Home > Catalog > Greek Coins > Hellenistic Monarchies > Macedonian Kingdom > GS87632
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.
GS87632. Silver tetradrachm
P182, MŁller Alexander
4601, SNG MŁnchen
969, SNG Cop
1077, SNG Saroglos
Ė, VF, high relief, centered on a tight flan
, rose toning
, scratches and marks, some porosity
, Babylon mint, weight
16.902g, maximum diameter
26.9mm, die axis
, c. 323 - 317 B.C.; obverse head
of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion
scalp headdress, forelegs tied at neck; reverse
Zeus seated left on throne, feet on footstool, right leg drawn back, eagle
in right hand, long scepter
vertical behind in left hand, ΦIΛIΠΠOY downward on right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (king
) in exergue
), M left, B under seat above strut; struck under Archon
, Dokimos, or Seleukos I; $290.00
Catalog current as of Monday, March 18, 2019.
Page created in 0.527 seconds.