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    Philip II (359-336 BC). AV stater (8.56 gm). Kolophon, reign of Philip III, ca. 323-319 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, with the features of Alexander III the Great / ΦIΛIΠΠOY, charioteer, holding kentron and reins, driving galloping biga right; below, tripod. M. Thompson, "Posthumous Philip II Staters of Asia Minor," SPNO I, 12 12 (same obverse die). Cf. Le Rider pl. 93, 26. SNG ANS 309. A couple of light scratches in fields, otherwise a spectacular coin sporting a splendid Hellenistic portrait of the finest style. Superb extremely fine.

    While it lacks the customary forehead cowlick or "anastole" found in most images of Alexander the Great, the uncanny resemblance of the facial features seen on this type to known portraits of Alexander leave little doubt that the uncommonly talented die engraver is seeking to evoke the great conqueror with this magnificent depiction. As such, the coin could be seen as an appeal to unity for the Macedonian marshals seeking to carve up Alexander's vast empire by the weakening central government under the nominal rule of Philip III Arrhidaios and the infant Alexander IV.
    From The BVH Collection.


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    January, 2011
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