Summary

A silver tetradrachm coin issued by King Antigonus II of Macedonia in the period 277-239 BC
Mint: not recorded

Reference: Sear vol.2 No.6783
Die axis: 12

Obverse Description

Macedonian shield with Pan depicted at centre, behind Pan ia a pedum.

Reverse Description

Athena standing facing left about to hurl a thunderbolt and protecting herself with a shield; on sides in Greek the legend: BASILEOS ANTIGONOY. In the field at left a monogram and at right a plumed Macedonian helmet.

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

Antigonus II Gonatas firmly established the Antigonid dynasty in Macedonia. He contended with other kings, Seleucus, Ptolemy, Lysimachus, and Pyrrhus, in retaining control of Macedonia, part of an the going power struggle after the break up of the empire of Alexander the Great.

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