Stater: Head of Bearded Herakles (obverse); Horse (reverse)

389–369 BCE
Location: not on view
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Amyntas III was the father of Philip II and grandfather of Alexander III (the Great).


An older, bearded Herakles wears his lion-skin on the obverse of this coin, surrounded by a beaded border. On the reverse, a horse stands within an incuse square, where the inscription ΑΜΥΝ ΤΑ identifies King Amyntas III as ruler. The pairing of head and horse extends back to the earlier Macedonian king Archelaus (413-399 BC), though a young male head sometimes takes the place of Herakles.
Stater: Head of Bearded Herakles (obverse); Horse (reverse)

Stater: Head of Bearded Herakles (obverse); Horse (reverse)

389–369 BCE

Greek, Macedonian, probably minted at Pella (Macedonia), reign of Amyntas III

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