Navigation  Pin?

Sale information
Terms of sale
Search this auction:

Sort-Order: Lot-Number
Sort by Lot-NumberSort by Estimate
Browse all lots (453)



Heritage Auctions, Inc.   |   World Coins & Ancient Coins #3066   |   17 August 2018 Sort by Lot-NumberSort by Estimate
Online bidding closed

<< Previous lot Next lot >>
Lot 30017





Estimate: 8'000 USD   |   Starting price: 4'000 USD Online bidding closed
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Philip II (359-336 BC). AV stater (17mm, 8.58 gm, 12h). NGC AU 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Posthumous issue of Colophon, under Philip III Arrhidaeus (323-317 BC), ca. 322-319 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, with features of Alexander III the Great / ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, charioteer driving galloping biga right, reins in left hand, kentron in right; tripod below right. Le Rider pl. 93, 26. SNG Alpha Bank 260. Thompson Philip p. 58 and pl. VI, 12. With an attractive portrait of the great conqueror. Well struck and lustrous. While the types of this gold stater issue of Colophon conform to the norm for Philip II (359-336 BC), the magnificent obverse die of this late posthumous issue of Colophon bears a portrait of "Apollo" that is quite distinctive and clearly depicts a real person. Comparison with the coins of Lysimachus and surviving portrait sculpture leaves no doubt the portrait represents Alexander III the Great himself. The issue seems intended to legitimize the patchwork Macedonian regime put together by Alexander's generals after his death in Babylon under the figurehead rulers Philip III Arrhidaeus, Alexander's slow-witted half-brother, and the infant Alexander IV, his posthumously born son. As such the "Philip" named on the reverse should probably be seen as referring to Arrhidaeus rather than the traditional attribution to Philip II. HID05401242017

Add to watch list    |   Search for similar lots    |   Share:  

Close