PAEONIAN KINGDOM. Patraus
PAEONIAN KINGDOM. Patraus. (Ca. 335–315 BC). Silver tetradrachm (11.91 gm). Laureate head of Apollo right / [ΠATΡ]AOΥ, helmeted horseman charging right, spearing fallen enemy who holds round Macedonian shield ornamented with star surrounded by double crescents, ME monogram behind horse. SNG Oxford 3359 (same dies). Paeonian hoard 434 (same dies). Extremely fine.
This particular issue, which shows Apollo with an almond-shaped archaic eye, may be reflective of the local die cutters' antiquated artistic outlook. It was issued alongside coins from dies cut by more enlightened artists which show Apollo with the more updated profile eye.
Ex Gemini III January 2007