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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


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

|Pontos|, |Amisos,| |Pontos,| |c.| |120| |-| |100| |B.C.||AE| |17|
Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of Pontus. The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome. In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks, to be later taken over by the Ilhanlilar. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the north coast of Turkey.
GB93481. Bronze AE 17, SNG BM 1129; SNG Stancomb 655; Lindgren-Kovacs 32; BMC Pontus p, 19, 65; Rec Gen p. 70, 36; HGC 7 249, VF, attractive style, well centered, porosity, light corrosion, weight 4.182 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 0o, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, rule of Mithradates VI, c. 120 - 100 B.C.; obverse draped bust of Perseus right, wing in hair; reverse cornucopia, flanked on each side by a pileus surmounted by a star, AMI−ΣOY divided across field below pilei; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD







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