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CNG 111, Lot: 115. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $8000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios. 323-317 BC. AV Stater (18mm, 8.57 g, 10h). In the types of Philip II. Abydos mint. Struck under Leonnatos, Arrhidaios, or Antigonos I Monophthalmos. Head of Apollo right, wearing laurel wreath / ΦIΛIΠΠOY, charioteer, holding kentron in right hand, reins in left, driving biga right; star and erasure mark below. Thompson, Philip 25 = ADM II Series VI, 101 = SNG ANS 300 (same dies, but with monogram still in die); CNG 84, lot 277 (same dies). EF, lustrous.

This exceptional piece is notable for the fact that the monogram that usually appears to the right of the star has been erased in the die. Interestingly, the obverse die used for this issue was also used to strike staters at Lampsakos (see ADM II p. 47 and n. 24).