The Other Coin: Macedonian Coins

Macedonian coins are some of the most popular of Greek coins, and the
most common. Philip II (359-336BC) and his son Alexander the Great
(336-323 BC) minted hundreds of million of bronze, silver and gold coins
that are still plentiful and beautifully executed. The head of Zeus modeled on
Philip II profile without the battle scar and lost eye on one side of the coin
with a mounted youth on the other and Philip's name above is one of the
most common coins of the Greek world, selling for as little as $6 in fine
condition. Alexanders bronzes and silver coins are even more plentiful and
bear a premium because of his fame, but can easily be bought for around
$20 in fine. Before Phillip the Macedonian kings minted coins beginning with
Alexander I 495-454 BC and most of the kings down to Philip II are readily
available, although there are a couple of short lived rare monarchs. After
Alexander III Macedonia was ruled by his surviving family members--wife,
infant son, and retarded half-brother, who were quickly slain. Sons of
Alexander's generals Cassander (helmet and spear), son of Antipater and
Demetrius Besieger of Cities (prow with nike/Poseidon), son of Antigonos
One-Eyed competed for the throne with Demetrius winning and founding a
dynasty that lasted until the Romans defeated Philip V (diademed
head/Athena Promachos) in 179 BC. Roman governors, then Roman
emperors minted coins. City coin were also minted from archaic times,
through Roman times. Macedonia rich in silver and copper minted an
enormous number coins of very find style both with portraits of kings and
gods as well as temples. Bronzes in fine are generally around $20 and silver
starts at a little more.

Numismatically yours, David Elliott