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ID:     221570
Type:     Greek
Issuer:     Philip III
Date Ruled:     323-316 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     1/6 Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     320-315 BC
Diameter:     14 mm
Weight:     2.35 g
Obverse Description:     Diademed head of Apollo right
Reverse Legend:     ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ
Reverse Description:     Rider on horseback right; below horse, ΛY above forepart of lion right; in exergue, grain ear with stalk left
Mint:     Amphipolis
Primary Reference:     Price P005A var. (spearhead in exergue)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.
Special Comments:     Struck Lysimachos as Satrap, 323-305 BC. Rare and unrecorded in the standard references with this symbol in exergue.
Grade:     aVF
Notes:     Although these coins have traditionally been attributed to the beginning of Lysimachos' reign as king of Thrace, more recent scholarship has persuasively placed them early in the period of his satrapy. Price, in his study of the coinage of Alexander the Great and Philip III, discounts the prior dating (circa 306/5 BC) and mint attribution (Lysimacheia), and argues for an issue placed at Amphipolis, circa 320-315 BC. During this time, Lysimachos was constantly waging war against the Thracian tribes and likely needed coinage for troop payments. The only source for him, at that time, would be his close friend Kassander, who controlled the mint at Amphipolis. This placement and dating conform well to the current scholarship regarding the minting of Philip II-type 1/5th tetradrachms. For further background, see, e.g.: Price, pp. 130 and 197; AMNG III, p. 171; and H. Lund, Lysimachus: A Study in Early Hellenistic Kingship (Routledge, 1992), p. 57.