SILVER COIN – TETRADRACHM, PHILIP II (Father of Alexander the Great), ANCIENT GREECE – MACEDONIA c. 359 - 336 BC
A large ancient silver tetradrachm in very fine condition, from the reign of Philip II of Macedonia.
Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus, right. Reverse: Jockey with palm branch on horseback, right.
In 356 BC Philip's race horse won in the Olympic Games (and Alexander III was born.)
Philip II of Macedon (382–336 BC), was the 18th King of Macedon - from 359 BC until his assassination in 336 BC. Philip II restored internal peace to his country and then, by 339, had gained domination over all Greece by military and diplomatic means, thus laying the foundation for its expansion under his son Alexander III. Philip created and led the League of Corinth in 337 BC, and was elected as leader (hegemon) of the army of invasion against the Persian Empire. In 336 BC, when the invasion of Persia was in its very early stage, Philip was assassinated, and was succeeded on the throne of Macedon by his son Alexander III (the Great).
Provenance: ex Syracuse estate collection. Pendant hand-crafted in 14k gold by Aber & Levine,jewelers of Kedumim, Israel (Diameter without loop 34 mm, total weight 25.5 gm.)