KINGS of MACEDON. Antigonos II Gonatas.
|Sale: CNG 63, Lot: 203. Estimate $2500.
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 May 2003.
Sold For $2500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
277-239 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.46 gm). Amphipolis mint. Struck after 271/0 BC. Horned head of Pan wearing goat skin in the center of a Macedonian shield, lagobolon over shoulder; shield decorated with seven eight-pointed stars within double crescents / Athena Alkidemos walking left, brandishing thunderbolt and shield, shield decorated with aegis; crested helmet left, monogram right. Mathisen pl. 21, 36; SNG Alpha Bank 986 var. (monogram); SNG Copenhagen 1200. Superb EF. ($2500)
Ex Classical Numismatic Auctions IX (7 December 1989), lot 49.
Antigonos' unusual use of the head of Pan is a reference to the panic-fear struck by the god into the Gauls at Lysimacheia in 277 BC.