Kings of Paeonia

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  1. BenSi

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    Kings of Paeonia
    , Patraos (335-315 BC), silver tetradrachm, Astibos or Damastion mint, 24mm, 11.93g

    Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo r.

    Reverse: Mounted warrior spearing fallen enemy who defends with shield, Greek PATRAOU around, monogram to l.

    Reference: Paeonian Hoard 168/169 (same dies); HGC 3.1, 148

    Grading: AVF / VF+ , bit irregular flan, obv. o/c, light toning

    Comment: Ex - W. H. Guertin collection.

    Once again it is dangerous going through old threads , I ran into one that prompted me to find an affordable example of one of these silver tetradrachm's , the obverse is obviously very off center and truthfully I bought it for the reverse, large thick silver coin a dramatic classical image.

    Please post any other examples of Paeonian coinage.
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  3. Pavlos

    Pavlos You pick out the big men. I'll make them brave!

    Great coin @BenSi! I am not really familiar with Paeonian coinage but did came across coins of Patraos a few times at auctions. The only history part that I know is that Philip II campaigned against them and conquered south of Paeonia around 355 BC. So I am not surprised the Paeonians slowly got Hellenized afterwards and started to issue coins of Macedonian iconography, just like yours.

    Philip II (359-336 BC). AR Fifth Tetradrachm. Posthumous issue by Philip III Arrhidaios (323-317 BC) in the types of Philip II. Amphipolis mint. Struck under Polyperchon, circa 318-317 BC.
    Head of Apollo right, wearing tainia.
    Reverse: ΦIΛIΠΠOY, Horseman riding right; monogram below.
    Reference: Le Rider pl. 45, 7-9; Troxell, Studies, Group 7, 366-8; SNG ANS 650
  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I agree those are hard to find with two sides nice. I bought mine for the reverse. While my obverse is terrible, I prefer the coin to mint state examples that lose the legends and victim on the reverse. I don't think I would be completely happy with 90% of the coins that left that mint mostly due to centering. I do need another one with a decent obverse.
  5. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    Kindom of Paeonia, Patraos, Tetradrachm

    Obv:– Laureate head of Apollo right with short hair right.
    Rev:– PATRAOU, armed warrior on horse prancing right, spearing fallen enemy who holds spear and shield, EM monogram in left field
    Minted in Kindom of Paeonia, Patraos from . B.C. 335 - 315.
    Ref:– SNG Oxford 3359 (different dies)
    12.646g, 27.5mm, 90 degrees


    Obverse struck off centre.

    This obverse was struck with a well executed die engraved in an attractive classical style.

  6. Jovian363

    Jovian363 Well-Known Member

    I also bought mine for the reverse (not that anything is bad with the obverse). But the reverse is struck in very high relief and if I am not mistaken one can identify the horse as a mare, which would for those living back then perhaps help identify the warrior as a contemporary or historical king of Paeonia. Paeoniacombine_images.jpg
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2020
  7. eparch

    eparch Well-Known Member

    Splendid lively coins - I like to angle my reverse to show the
    horse rearing up :

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  8. Edessa

    Edessa Supporter! Supporter

    Eparch, I believe this is the same obverse die, but in a later state of wear...

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    eparch Well-Known Member

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  10. Edessa

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    Here is another. This is one of my absolutely favorite coins. zzz.jpg
    KINGS OF PAIONIA. Patraos, 335-315 B.C. Tetradrachm. Laureate head of Apollo r. Rv. Warrior on horseback r. spearing fallen enemy, rare type with bearded rider, Π-AT-[PO-Y] above. 12.53 grams. Paeonian Hoard 140 (same dies). Unusually fine style. Description and image courtesy Stacks.
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