Philip II Alexander the Great Dad OLYMPIC GAMES Ancient Greek Coin Horse i55353
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Authentic Ancient Coin of:
Greek King Philip II of Macedon 359-336 B.C.
Father of Alexander III the Great
Bronze 18mm (5.88 grams) Struck circa 356-336 B.C. in the Kingdom of Macedonia
Commemorating his Olympic Games Victory
Head of Apollo right, hair bound with tainia.
Youth on h orse prancing right, ΦIΛIΠΠΟΥ above.
* Numismatic Note: Authentic ancient Greek coin of King Philip II of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great . Fascinating coin referring to his Olympic victories.
During the times of ancient Greeks, horse racing was one of the events various Greek city-states and kingdoms would have intense competition with each other, as it was of great prestige to participate. Before the time of Philip II, the kingdom of Macedonia was considered barbarian and not Greek. Philip II was the first king of Macedon that was accepted for participation in the event, which was a great honor all in itself. It was an even greater honor that Philip's horses would go on to win two horse-racing events. In 356 B.C., he won the single horse event and then in 348 B.C. chariot pulled by two horses event. As a way to proudly announce, or what... read more