Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II gold Stater NGC Ch AU
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- Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II. Lifetime-early posthumous issue.
- gold Stater in certified NGC Ch AU state 4x4
- obv. Apollo, rv. biga
Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II lifetime-early posthumous Gold Stater NGC Ch AU
Although he is often only remembered for being the father of Alexander the Great. PhilIp II was a accomplished king, and military general often taking Alexander with him at an early age to learn the art of war. Philip II was the one that set the stage for Alexander's victory over Darius III (the last Persian king), and the conquest of the Persian Empire. When Philip II took the throne of the Kingdom of Macedon at a time when Macedonia was a poorly organized, economically insignificant, and militarily weak kingdom. The reign of Philip II (359-336 BC) saw the rise of Macedonia, when the kingdom grew to control most of Greece. However, Philips's popularity was limited among the expanded Kingdom's Greek population, due to his Macedonian heritage. Macedonians spoke a different language and were considered less cultured than true Greeks. In addition to military success, Philip II also enjoyed success through his impressive horse teams. His horses won races at the 106th Olympics in 356 BC, the quadriga race at the 107th in 352 BC and the biga race at the 108th in 348 BC. The fastest way to spread current news and political messages during this period was through coinage. Minting coins commemorating his Olympic success, Philip was producing propaganda which supported his claim as a true Greek and solidified his favor with the gods.