A significant quantity of the captured gold was sent back to Amphipolis in Macedonia where a part was used for striking distaters, the heaviest gold coins the world had yet known. It measured 22mm across and weighed around 17g.
Valued at 40 silver drachms, they were used to pay discharged soldiers and fulfil a more ceremonial role. This well-preserved example c.325-323BC features the bust of Athena wearing triple crested Corinthian helmet and a reverse image of Nike holding a wreath and stylis.
From a private collection in North Rhine- Westphalia, it is guided at £50,000 at classical coin specialist Roma Numismatics on September 22-23.