Philip gold stater - Colophon mint (Obv)
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM, PHILIP III
AV Stater (8.63 gm)
Colophon, c. 323–315 B.C.
Laureate head of Apollo right.
Thompson, Studia Naster, pl. vi, 12 (same obverse die).
With an extraordinarily realistic head of Apollo on the obverse, surely with the features of Alexander the Great.
Rare; Fleur de coin.
Ex: Antiqua XV; March 2009 (cover coin)
From a description of a similar coin in a past Leu sale:
This coin is one of a very small group of staters struck in the name of Philip II which bear portraits of individuals rather than generic heads of Apollo. Most were struck during the latter half of the 4th century and the identities of the people portrayed are uncertain (Philip V, Nabis of Sparta and various unknown tyrants have been suggested). However, this piece, minted within a year of the death of Alexander III, and part of tight die-linked group from Colophon and Magnesia, surely bears a portrait of Alexander himself, and is one of the very earliest of all the portraits we have of him.