Macedonian Tetradrachm of Philip II

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  1. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    I'm not familiar with the dating system used by Macedon. The reverse is rotated about 45 degrees clockwise off of coin orientation.

    The horse & rider are explained by scholars as an ancient form of propaganda/bragging after Philip's horse won at the Greek Olympics (cementing his claim to Greek status). I prefer to think about the story of his son taming Bucephalus - and the fact that the horse is facing east.

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  3. GeorgeM

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  4. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    Ok - wrong denomination. This is an AE17 bronze, while the Tetradrachm was a 26mm silver piece.
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  5. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    You are right that the coin is not a tetradrachm but AE coins of the period are still quite fun. Thanks for sharing.

    No Philip AE to share but here is a small bronze of his son.

    A Lifetime Issue of Alexander the Great with Interesting Interpretations

    KINGS OF MACEDON: Alexander III 'the Great' (336-323 BCE), lifetime issue.
    AE15 “half unit.” Macedonian mint.
    Dia.: 15 mm
    Wt.: 4.13 g
    Obv: Diademed head right.
    Rev: AΛEΞANΔPOY, Horse prancing right; below, torch.
    Ref.: Price 338.
    Ex AMCC 2, lot 23 (Nov. 9, 2019)
  6. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    My ae Philip dos, plus monogram :cigar:
  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Gotta few of these little guys from Philip II... great little coins.

    Makedon Philip II 359-336 BC AE 17 Apollo - Horse Rider RIGHT-LEFT facing

    Makedon Philip II 359-336 BC AE 19 Horse Hound

    Makedon Philip II 359-336 BC AE 17 Horse Rider LEFT-LEFT facing scarce

    Makedon AE 19 6.1g Philip II 359-336 BCE Left Face and Man on Horse r

    Makedon Philip II AE 18 Apollo - Youth Horseback spear hd below 359-356 BCE 18mm 6.2g SNG ANS 850-1
  8. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    I picked this up just to act as an illustration of mounted horseriders from antiquity (for a numismatic presentation I'm building on St George slaying the dragon). If I'd known there was a variety with a spear, I'd have kept searching!
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    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    This is one of my favorites... Roman Republic Dioscuri Quinarius.

    Roman Republic
    Anonymous. ca. 211-210 BCE
    AR quinarius (16.34 mm, 2.14 g, 2 h).
    Southeast Italian mint.
    Helmeted head of Roma right, V behind /
    ROMA, the Dioscuri riding right, each holds a spear; H below.
    Crawford 85/1a; Sydenham 174; RSC 33b. Good VF, toned. Scarce.
    Ex RBW Collection (not in previous sales);
    Ex Claude Ansellem 12/86
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  11. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    I’m not sure if it would be helpful but if you need horse and rider photographs to use in your presentation (or any other educational format for that matter) you are more than welcome to use any of my images that you want to.

    Thessaly, Krannon
    AE Chalkous, struck ca. 350-300 BC
    Dia.: 15.4 mm
    Wt.: 2.41 g
    Obv.: Thessalian rider and horse, rearing right
    Rev.: KPAN Bull butting right, trident above
    Ref.: BCD Thessaly II 118.5; HGC 4, 391
    Ex zumbly collection; Ex BCD collection with tag stating “V. Ex Thess., Apr. 94, DM 35”; Ex AMCC 2, Lot 5 (Nov. 9, 2019)

    Roman Republic
    Second Punic War (218 – 201 BC)
    Anonymous AR Denarius, Rome Mint, struck ca. 211 BC
    Wt.: 4.2 g
    Dia.: 20 mm
    Obv.: Helmeted head of Roma right. X in left field
    Rev.: Dioscuri galloping right. ROMA in exergue and partially incuse on raised tablet
    Ref.: Crawford 44/5 Brinkman Group 5. Sydenham 167. RBW 169.
    Ex Numismatic Ars Classica Auction 100 Part II, Lot 1368 (May 30, 2017)

    Roman Republic
    Mn. Aemelius Lepidus
    AR Denarius, Rome mint, struck ca. 114-113 BC
    Dia.: 18 mm
    Wt.: 3.83 g
    Obv.: ROMA, ligate MA; Laureate, diademed and draped bust of Roma, right. * behind.
    Rev.: MN AEMILIO; Equestrian statue right on three arches, L E P between arches.
    Ref.: Crawford 291/1
    Ex zumbly Collection (AMCC Auction 1, lot 112; December 1, 2018), Ex Demetrios Armounta Collection (CNG E-Auction 325, lot 490; April 23, 2014), Purchased from Colosseum Coin Exchange (with tag)

    Roman Empire
    Philip I the Arab (AD 244-249)
    AR Antoninianus, Rome mint, struck ca. AD 245
    Dia.: 23 mm
    Wt.: 4.36 g
    Obv.: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
    Rev.: ADVENTVS AVGG; Philip on horseback left, raising right hand and holding spear
    Ref.: RIC IV 26b
    Ex David Kallai (ca. 1908-1924); Ex AMCC 2, lot 194 (Nov. 9, 2019)

    Kushan Empire
    Vima Takto, AD 78-110
    AE Unit, Unkown mint, struck ca. AD 78-110
    Dia.: 21.2 mm
    Wt.: 8.2 g
    Obv.: Bust right, 12 rays above, holding object. 3 pronged tamga in left field
    Rev.: Horseman right, holding whip. 3 pronged tamga in right field
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