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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 51. Estimate CHF5500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF4600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Kings of Macedon. Philip II. 359-336 BC. Stater (Gold, 8.59 g 3), Amphipolis, 340-328. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ Biga galloping to right, the driver holds the reins in his left hand and a goad in his right; below right, crescent to right. Le Rider 87-106. A splendid piece, nicely struck and centered. Good extremely fine.

From the Z collection, Switzerland.

Great numbers of gold coins in the name of Philip II were struck to pay his soldiers, and those of Alexander III; after their terms of service were over those troops returned to their homes, bringing their golden pay along with them. Thanks to their purity and beauty, the staters of Philip II, which were issued in only a few mints during his lifetime (primarily the royal Macedonian mints of Amphipolis and Pella), continued to be struck after his death and also gave rise to a vast and long lasting series of imitations, produced by the Celtic peoples of Western Europe.