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ID:     81000289
Type:     Greek
Issuer:     Philip II
Date Ruled:     359-336 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC 323-316
Weight:     8.60 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Description:     Laureate head of Apollo right
Reverse Legend:     ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ
Reverse Description:     Charioteer driving biga right; tripod below horses
Mint:     Kolophon
Primary Reference:     Le Rider pl. 90, 16 and pl. 93, 26
Reference2:     Thompson, Philip 12
Reference3:     SNG ANS 309
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Near EF
Notes:     Rare. The tripod symbol is known for issues at Amphipolis and Kolophon. The Amphipolis issues are all from the last Philip type staters struck there, and usually have a subsidiary letter, either a Φ or K. They also have a distinctive style quite unlike the present coin, with a thin head of Apollo, an exergue line on the reverse, and only one wheel of the chariot visible. In contrast, the style of this coin is very consistent with the issues at Kolophon, which feature both broad and thin heads of Apollo, no exergue line, and always show the second wheel of the chariot in proper perspective.