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ID:     720257
Type:     Greek
Issuer:     Philip II
Date Ruled:     359-336 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC mid-late 3rd century
Weight:     8.51 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Description:     Laureate head of Apollo right with individualized features
Reverse Legend:     ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ
Reverse Description:     Female charioteer driving biga right; ivy leaf below
Mint:     Uncertain
Primary Reference:     Unpublished
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Near VF
Notes:     Possibly unique. Ex Leu 28 (5-6 May 1981), lot 84.A handful of mid 3rd century BC imitations of Philip II staters have individualized features (cf. M.J. Price, “The Maeander Valley Hoard,” NC 1969, p. 9 and pl, 3, 12; and M. Caramessini-Oeconomides, “Un statÈre d’or trouvÉ À Amphipolis,” RN 1967). Based on similarities with other portraiture, these have been attributed to various kings or dynasts, mostly in Asia Minor. The portrait on the present coin does not lend itself to immediate identification, but there are similarities with certain coin portraits of the Seleukid kings Antiochos II, Antiochos Hierax, and Antiochos III, all of whom were active in Asia Minor during the mid 3rd century BC.