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73000152
Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 152. Estimate $750. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios. 323-317 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.95 g, 9h). Babylon mint. Struck under Perdikkas, circa 323-320 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, facing head of Helios; KY below throne. Price P205. Superb EF, toned, shallow cut along center of 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.