An ancient Greek gold stater, deeply struck from dies of the finest style. Minted in the name of the brilliant King Philip II of Macedon. Issued, circa 323 - 317 BC, at the Lampsacus mint.
The obverse with a youthful portrait of the god Apollo, shown with unruly hair, slightly parted lips and wearing laurel wreath.
The reverse shows Philip II in a biga, (two horse chariot) racing right, the horses rearing and snarling as Philip grips the reins in his left hand and raises his goad with his right. The Greek legend below reads:
Coiled serpent, facing head and monogram below.
The gold staters of Philip II are amongst the most desirable and collectable ancient Greek gold coins. Minted in the name one of the most influential and famous rulers from Greek history, these coins were famous even in antiquity.
This piece is a stand out example of the type; perfectly struck and centred, the fields gleaming with lustre and exhibiting a portrait of finest Hellenistic style.
A beautiful coin.
Weight: 8.60 g
Diameter: 19 mm
Ex. Lanz, 26th May 1997, lot 102.