KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip II

Birth of Alexander the Great

106th
Olympics

In the summer of the same year, Olympias gave birth to her first child, Alexander the Great. In ancient Greece people believed that the birth of a great man was accompanied by portents.

At the Olympics these years

When King Philip II came games, people booed at it was believed he was preparing to invade Greece.

356 BC, Philip’s race horse won in the Olympic Games; for this victory, his wife, who was known then as Myrtale, received the name Olympias.

Philip won the Olympics 356, 352 and 348.

Most likely Plato visited the Olympics at this year.
Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and two times Isthmian Games winner but never made it to the Olympics as an athlete.

KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip II

356 BC.
Tetradrachm 14.50 g
Pella, c. 336/5-329/8 / Le Rider 344 (D344/R276).
EF

Laureate head of Zeus to right.
Rev.ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥNude jockey on horse prancing to left, holding long palm branch in his right hand; below horse, kantharos.

Toned and elegant. Some very slight die roughness on the obverse and a very minor double-strike on the reverse, otherwise.

About extremely fine
From the Stoecklin Collection, bought from Hess AG in Luzern, prior to 1975

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