Perdikkas II, 451-413 BC
AR Tetrobol (Light Macedonian standard). 1.6g, 12.8mm
MINTED: Aigai mint(?), circa 420-413 BC
REF: HGC 3.1, 782
OBVERSE: Horse stepping right.
REVERSE: Crested helmet right in linear square within incuse square.
Fine. Toned, with some light scratches and darker deposits in fields.
Perdikkas II was the second son of Alexander I, the king who had reclaimed Macedonian independence from the Achaemenid Empire during the Greco-Persian Wars. Perdikkas for his part ruled for much of the time that Athens and Sparta warred against each other during the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC). Macedon at this time was not a great power, and Perdikkas frequently switched sides during the conflict depending on who he thought his kingdom had better chances of survival with. He died in 413 BC, after a rule of 35 years.
MACEDONIA, KINGDOM OF . Perdikkas II, 451-413 BC . AR Tetrobol . Horse / Helmet
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