- Posted: March 21, 2023Categories: Ancient Coins, Rare Gold Coins, Ancient Greek Coins, Macedonian EmpireRead more »
In the early 4th century BC Philip II's standardized coinage system of Macedon was established throughout his kingdom. His coins quickly became one of the most coveted coins in the ancient world. One of Philip II's most notable achievements is his standardized coinage system. Additionally, he was also known as a skilled strategist and military leader. Furthermore, through a series of successful military campaigns, Philip II expanded Macedonian territory.
The Philip II Gold Stater was a symbol of wealth and power. In short, it was a testament to the artistry and precision crafted by skilled Greek minters. The coin's weight and measurements ensured its value. Meanwhile, It made it useful for everyday purchases and large-scale military expenses.
Portrait of Alexander himself
- Posted: September 23, 2022Categories: Ancient Coins, Ancient Greek Coins, Macedonian EmpireRead more »
Was Thrace influenced by Greece & the Macedonian Empire? It is a fact, Thrace was conquered by Philip II, king of Macedonia. This occurred in the 4th century BC. Once Philip the II died Thrace became a part of the great kingdom of Alexander the Great. Following Alexander’s death, his empire was divided among his generals, who established independent kingdoms including Thrace.
Lysimachus, who reigned from 323 to 281 BCE, was the general who succeeded Alexander as the ruler of Thrace. According to Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian, Thrace was highly influenced by Greece and the Macedonian Empire's culture. But, were they?
Yes, Thracian coinage gave homage to the once great leader of the Macedonian Empire. The Thracians under the leadership of Lysimachus used Alexander's portrait on the front of their coins. However, on the back "Lysimachus n
- Posted: March 30, 2021Categories: Ancient Coins, Rare Gold Coins, Macedonian EmpireRead more »
Various regions of ancient Greece utilized Staters as coinage. Importantly, in the beginning most of them were made of silver. However, it was ancient Macedonian Empire that first started using Gold Staters. The best known ancient Macedonian Empire Gold Stater was the one from King Philip II of Macedon—340 BC.
It is hard to believe that these coins were struck by hand. Moreover, how could such a beautiful coin be created over 2,400 years ago? Each coin was a hand made example of ancient art. It is no wonder that some of these coins are still considered the most beautiful coins ever made. They were minted in Pella, Macedonia, most importantly known as the birthplace of both King Philip II and his son Alexander the Great.
Philip will always be remembered in history as a brilliant military leader. His victories actually help to shape G