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Perseus
Amisos, Pontos, 85 - 65 B.C.

|Pontos|, |Amisos,| |Pontos,| |85| |-| |65| |B.C.||AE| |14|
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.
GB57812. Bronze AE 14, SNG BM 1197 - 1198 (control), SNG Stancomb 693 - 694 var. (same), Rec Gen p. 70, 35 var. (same), VF, weight 2.516 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 180o, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, 85 - 65 B.C.; obverse head of hero Perseus right, wearing winged helmet peaked with a griffin head; reverse AMI-SOY, winged harpa, B (control letter) below left; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Perseus, 179 - 168 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Perseus,| |179| |-| |168| |B.C.||AE| |22|
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.
GB50614. Bronze AE 22, SNG Alpha Bank 1137, SNG Dreer 628, SNG Cop 1275 ff. var. (monogram in ex), SNG Munchen 1202 ff. var. (same), VF, scratch on rev, weight 10.273 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Pella or Amphipolis mint, c. 171 - 168 B.C.; obverse head of hero Perseus right, wearing winged helmet peaked with griffin head, harpa right; reverse eagle standing half-left on thunderbolt, wings open, head right, B - A above wings flanking the eagles head, ΠEP monogram left, ∆I monogram below; SOLD


Amaseia, Pontos, c. 120 - 100 B.C.

|Pontos|, |Amaseia,| |Pontos,| |c.| |120| |-| |100| |B.C.||AE| |16|
According to Strabo the Greek name Amaseia comes from Amasis, the queen of the Amazons, who were said to have lived here. The name has changed little throughout history: Amaseia, Amassia, and Amasia are all found on ancient Greek and Roman coinage and continue to be used in modern Greek. Modern Turkish Amasya represents the same pronunciation. Amaseia was captured by the Roman Lucullus in 70 B.C. from Armenia. Pompey designated it a free city and the administrative center of the new province of Bithynia and Pontus. Amaseia was a thriving city, the home of thinkers, writers, and poets. Strabo left a full description of Amaseia as it was between 60 B.C. and 19 A.D.
GB92903. Bronze AE 16, SNG BM 1046; SNG Stancomb 655; BMC Pontus p. 6, 2; Rec Gén p. 28, 4; HGC 7 225, VF, green patina, porous, reverse a little off center, weight 3.967 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 0o, Amaseia (Amasya, Turkey) mint, c. 120 - 100 B.C.; obverse draped bust of youthful Perseus right, head bare and wing in hair; reverse cornucopia between two pilei (caps of the Dioskouroi), eight-rayed star above each cap, AMAΣ−ΣEIAΣ divided across field below caps; SOLD







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