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A Tetradrachm of Philip II of Macedonia (almost)

Updated: Sep 21

Compared with a Roman republican denariius, my latest coin seems impressively large and three dimensional. This is not a Macedonian tetradrachm with a portrait of Philip II, father of Alexander "The Great". However, it is not far off, the Greek writing on the back well done and the portrait not unfaithful to the original. So similar that there is one very close sold in 2017 from Numismatik Naumann as:


Philip II (359-336 BC). Tetradrachm. Amphipolis.

Le Rider pl. 47, 23; SNG ANS 794; HGC 3.1, 988 (Kassander)


Misidentified? I would like to confirm the reference to Le Rider Philippe, pl. 47, 23.


An interesting paper here (in German) that discusses the people who minted these coins - with the Thracians discussed for earlier more faithful copies before Celts were in the region. I find this an amazing 2300+ year old coin.

Eastern Europe, imitating Philip II of Macedon, 3rd century BC, AR Tetradrachm, (25mm, 13.80g). Complete legend type. Struck in the central and lower Carpathian region (Modern Romania)

Obv: Laureate head of Zeus right

Rev: ΦIΛIΠΠ-OY, Nude youth on horseback left, holding rein and palm frond; Λ above torch below, monogram below raised foreleg.


Before the coin above, this coin better represented my expectations from an "imitative" tetradrachm:

Tetradrachm from the lower Danube area imitating issues of Philip III of Macedon.

Obv: Stylized head of Herakles right (nose right)

Rev: Zeus enthroned holding a bird

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