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Ancient Greek Teteradrachm - Phillip II

Ancient Greek Teteradrachm - Phillip II


Ancient Greek tetradrachm Phillip II, circa 348-342BCE in 14Kt yellow gold frame with sterling silver necklace. Obverse: Laureate head of the Olympian Zeus, facing right.   Reverse:   Inscription above and to right of youth on horseback facing right, holding palm; HG monogram below, L over torch under raised foreleg.

The reign of Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great, marked a major turning point in the history of the Greek world. His plan was to make himself master of Greece and then undertake the conquest of the traditional enemy of the Greeks, the Persian Empire. The first part of his ambition was achieved, but the assasins hand struck down the king before he was ablr to begin his attack on Acheamenid territory. In order to finance his military operations, Phillip instituted a large scale coinage of gold and silver denominations. His tetradrachm were struck on the Thraco-Macedonia standard of about 14.4 grams, while his son and successor Alexander the Great adopted the Attic standard of about 17.2 grams. the types doubtless refer to equestrian victory at the Olympic Games of 356 BC. The heard is that of the olympian Zeus, while the boy-jockey symbolizes the king's success in the horserace event. Coinage in Phillip's name continued long after his death and served the needs of the northern territories of the Macedonian kingdom. this later variant, from the Amphilopolis mint, probably belongs to the years following the death of Alexander when the vast realm was nominally ruled by the great conquerors half brother, Phillip III Arrhidaeus, son of Phillip I and Philinna.

SKU H-ID11982
Our price $4,500.00
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