Handmade replica of the ancient silver tetradrachm (four-drachma coin) of Philip II of Macedon, circa 323-315 B.C., which depicts the laureate head of Zeus, facing right. The reverse side of the coin depicts a young boy on horseback, facing right and holding a palm branch. It also bears the inscription PHILIPPOY (ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ) at the top of the reverse side of the coin.This silver tetradrachm from the Kingdom of Macedon was minted in Amphipolis. The coin replica is made of silver-plated brass. Ideal as a gift for the admirers of the ancient Greek world, but also for coin collectors and budding archaeologists.
The coin is offered in an acrylic case for protection and better presentation and gift packaging.
Minting of coins by the Macedonian kings began at Aigai circa 480 BC, during the reign of Alexander I. The standards of measure, the regions they reached, their depictions and their inscriptions attest the power of each ruler and the extent of his country's commercial relations. The metals, that were used were, silver at first, and later on, gold and bronze.
Excepting the coins of Alexander I, those of the kings who came after him, until Philip II, did not circulate beyond the borders of the state by reason of the instability which then reigned. The currency of Philip II and Alexander III on the other hand circulated widely. Furthermore, the silver coins minted during the reign of Alexander the Great were the most popular in antiquity. Under the Hellenistic kings the circulation of coins was again limited to the Macedonian kingdom and central Greece.
In the Classical period the royal coins, of excellent artistic quality, were decorated with traditional or contemporary subjects, attesting their issuers' attempts to connect their origins to the mythical progenitor of their dynasty.
In the Hellenistic period the subjects were clearly chosen for the purposes of propaganda, while a novelty was the introduction of realistic portraits of the monarchs. The Successors also instituted the inscription of the royal title on the coins, which was not the case with the previous royal mints.
The silver tetradrachm (four-drachma coin) of Philip II of Macedon, was minted at Amphipolis, circa 323-315 B.C. It depicts the laureate head of Zeus, facing right. The reverse side of the coin depicts a young boy on horseback, facing right and holding a palm branch. It also bears the inscription PHILIPPOY (ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ).
The original ancient coin is exhibited at the Numismatic Museum in Athens.