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496924. SOLD $975

KINGS of MACEDON. Kassander. As regent, 317-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 14.31 g, 10h). In the name and types of Philip II. Amphipolis mint. Struck circa 316-311 BC. Laureate head of Zeus right / ΦΙΛΙΠ ΠΟY, youth, holding palm frond and rein, on horseback right; dolphin below, Π• below raised foreleg. Le Rider pl. 46, 9 & 19; Troxell, Studies, Group 9, 331–2; HGC 3, 988. EF, light golden toning in fields, creating a pleasing cameo effect.

The major coin types of Philip II’s reign proved so enduringly popular they remained in production well into later reigns. This silver tetradrachm bearing Philip’s name and types was struck more than 20 years after his death. In fact his silver tetradrachms formed an important part of the monetary system: Struck to a lighter “Macedonian” standard than those of his son Alexander III, they were intended for circulation and use within the boundaries of Macedon, while the Attic-weight coins of his successors circulated elsewhere in mainland Greece and the immense empire he conquered.