Paper weight with depiction of King Antigonos Dosson, from the silver tetradrachm, an extraordinary tetradrachma art with the head of Poseidon in front and a trireme on the back baring the signature KING ANTIGONOU, from the mints of Amphipolis and Pella, probably as well as the first tetradrachms of Philip E, dated 229-221 B.C.
Dimensions: diameter 8 cm x 7 mm (thik)
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Silver tetradrachma coin of King Antigonou Duson, with the head of Poseidon in front and a trireme on the back baring the signature KING ANTIGON (229-221 B.C.)
An extraordinary tetradrachma art of the Duson, from the mints of Amphipolis and Pella, probably as well as the first tetradrachms of Philip E in the immediate aftermath of his ascension to the throne in 220 BC, which however were cut into a very small amount. Some researchers consider them to be commemorative cuts of enthronement, perhaps more likely, others as money for the war against Aetolians in 220-217 BC. The interest of the coinage of Philip II is due to the fact that it is largely connected to the conflicts with Rome and, at least, it attributes the historical reality and marks the beginning of the end of the mintage in Macedonia. The first phase of Philip's mintage until the defeat at Kinos Kefalas in 197 BC, when it was interrupted for about a decade, is characterized by radical changes in iconography, which are related to the formulation and dissemination of his policy. This is what is commonly called propaganda. Until then such iconography was limited to the memorization of triumphs accomplished.
Exhibits of original ancient coins can be seen at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, the Nomismatic Museum of Athens.