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Greek King Philip II of Macedon 359-336 B.C.
Bronze 17mm (6.8 grams) Struck 359-336 B.C. in the Kingdom of Macedonia
Commemorating his Olympic Games Victory
Head of Apollo right, hair bound with tainia.
Nude athlete on horse prancing , ΦIΛIΠΠΟΥ above
Horse racing was an Olympic event of great prestige and intense competition. It was a great honor for Philip II of Macedon ( Father of ALEXANDER THE GREAT ) to gain entry to the games, since they were open only to Greeks. Prior to that time, the Macedonians were considered by other Greeks as barbarians. It was an even greater honor for Philip's horses to win the prize. In 356 BC his entry won the single horse event, and in 348 the two horse chariot event. Both of these victories were proudly announced (should we say propagandized) by placing references to them on the reverses of his coins struck in gold, silver and bronze. Plutarch tells us that this was indeed his intention: "[Philip] ...had victories of his chariots at Olympia stamped on his coins."
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