KINGS OF MACEDON. Demetrios I Poliorketes, 306-283 BC. Stater (Gold, 18 mm, 8.56 g, 11 h), uncertain mint on Euboea (?), after circa 290. Diademed and horned head of Demetrios I to right. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ΔHMHTPIOY Horseman to right, wearing mantle and kausia and holding a long couched spear with his right hand; to lower right, Phrygian helmet right. Newell -. SNG München -. Apparently unpublished. Minor marks and with traces of mounting, otherwise, very fine.
From a Swiss collection, formed before 2000.
The portrait gold coinage of Demetrios Poliorketes is uniformly very rare, and thus the appearance of a new stater is very exciting. While the Phrygian helmet control is known from Demetrios' tetradrachms from an uncertain Macedonian mint (Newell 136), the style of our example is much closer to the coins attributed by Newell to an uncertain mint on Euboea (Newell 153-154).