LYCAONIA. Laranda. Philip II, as Caesar, 244-247. Diassarion (Bronze, 26 mm, 12.27 g, 6 h). M IOYΛION ΦΙΛIΠΠOC KAIC Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip II to right, seen from behind. Rev. CЄB ΛAPANΔЄΩN / MH[T]PO / KOINO[N] Wolf standing left, clutching human hand in his jaws. SNG von Aulock 5401 = Von Aulock, Lykaonien, 134 (same dies). Very rare and with an interesting reverse. Patina stripped. Very fine.
Ex Savoca 95th Silver E-Auction, 14 February 2021, 402.
The reverse of this coin refers to the myth of Lycaon, an Arcadian Greek who received a prophecy from Apollo that he was to found a city in Asia Minor on the spot where a restless wolf appeared, clutching a human hand. The Lycaonians and the region they inhabited supposedly took their names from him, and the myth was duly commemorated on Laranda's coinage.