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Lampsakos, Ca. 323-316 BC

Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II Av. stater, Lampsakos, posthumous issue. Laureate head of Apollo right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ; charioteer, holding kentron in right hand, reins in left, driving biga right, reversed EK monogram to lower right, A with crescent above below, grain-ear in exergue. SNG ANS 290; Thompson, Philip 35; LeRider pl. 90, 9; ADM II Series VIII. Accompanied by original Spink label.

The successors of Alexander the Great continued to mint staters using the types of Phillip II until 315 BC. Given the chaos and constant political upheavals of the period, it formed a practical choice to project a sense of stability to the armies and subject peoples of the Hellenistic world.

Lampsakos was placed under the jurisdiction of Leonnatus in 323 BC following the division of the satrapies at Babylon. Leonnatus died in battle soon after during the Lamian War, and Lampsakos’ position on the Hellespont meant that the city was greatly affected by the subsequent Wars of the Diadochoi. The city was incorporated into the Seleucid Empire in 281 BC.

For additional information see: 
Thonemann, P., 2016. The Hellenistic World: Using Coins as Sources. Cambridge.


SKU: CAT-006
  • Dimensions 

    D: 19mm ; 8.57g


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