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Macedonian Kingdom, Perseus, 179 - 168 B.C.
Perseus of Macedonia was the last king of the Antigonid dynasty, who ruled the successor state in Macedonia created after the death of Alexander the Great. After losing the Battle of Pydna on 22 June 168 B.C., Macedonia came under Roman rule.
The hero Perseus, the legendary founder of Mycenae and of the Perseid dynasty there, was the first of the mythic heroes of Greek mythology whose exploits in defeating various archaic monsters provided the founding myths in the cult of the Twelve Olympians. Perseus was the hero who killed Medusa and claimed Andromeda, having rescued her from a sea monster.
GB83486. Bronze AE 19, cf. SNG Alpha Bank
1142, SNG Cop
1275, SNG Dreer
628, SNG Munchen
-, VF, green patina
or Amphipolis mint, weight
5.227g, maximum diameter
19.2mm, die axis
, c. 179 - 168 B.C.; obverse head
of hero Perseus right, wearing winged helmet peaked with griffin head
right; reverse eagle
standing facing on thunderbolt, wings open, head
right, B − A flanking head
above wings, Π-E flanking across lower field
outside wings, star
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 26, 2018.
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