Greek Mecedon Philip II 359-336 BC bronze


Greek Mecedon Philip II 359-336 BC bronze
See below for coin details, description and metrics.

A poem about this coin’s beauty:
“Greek bronze coin of Phil, Horse and rider gallop right, Legend still in sight.”

In Latin:
“Philippi nummusEquus et auriga dextrorsumLittera manet.“

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Ruler: Greek Philip II Period: to
  • Denomination:
  • Grade: VG
  • Exergue/Mint:
  • Material: bronze
  • Weight (g):
  • Diameter (mm): 17
  • Obverse: Laureate bust facing right
  • Reverse: Horse and rider galopping right. Some legend visible.
  • The Greeks considered themselves as composed of 4 tribes including Aeolians, Achaeans, Dorians and Ionians and there are varying references to the earliest coinage being produced either by the Lydians or Aeolians at Kyme and their king Midas. Ancient Greek coinage consisted of Staters, Drachms (and multiples thereof) as well as the smallest denominations of Obols and Hemiobols. The earliest coinage were Obols some of which have been found dating earlier than 800BC. Given that Greek culture was made up of many city-states there was great variety of production, though the economic strength of Athens came to predominate in coinage types and standards. As Greek coinage was among the first it was also highly influential on later and surrounding cultures, partly due to the many colonies they settled across the Mediterranean as well as due to Alexander the Great's conquests. The Greek military tendency to use foreign mercenaries, particularly from north European Celtic tribes also meant that Greek coinage came to influence Celtic production and it is interesting to observe the similarities and progressions from Greek types of Philip or Alexander across to Celtic equivalents.

Additional information

Dimensions 1.7 × 1.7 × 0.3 cm