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Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 151. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $3000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios. 323-317 BC. AV Stater (8.57 g, 8h). Babylon mint. Struck under Perdikkas, circa 323-320 BC. Helmeted head of Athena right, griffin on helmet / Nike advancing left, holding wreath and stylis; below left wing, facing head of Helios; KY below right wing. Price P203. EF, lightly toned, a couple tiny deposits on obverse.

Just prior to his death, Alexander gave his ring to Perdikkas, who gained the support of the other generals and became regent for Philip III and Alexander's unborn son. By 320 BC, his autocratic leadership isolated him from the other Macedonian leaders, who assassinated Perdikkas while he campaigned against Ptolemy in Egypt. His death marked the beginning of the wars of the Diadochs.