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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Thessaly| > GS80274
Pseudo-Rhodian, Thessaly, Greece, c. 171 B.C., Issued by King Perseus?
|Thessaly|, |Pseudo-Rhodian,| |Thessaly,| |Greece,| |c.| |171| |B.C.,| |Issued| |by| |King| |Perseus?|, Imitations of Rhodian drachm were struck in both Greece and South West Asia Minor. Michael Crawford and others indicate at least some of these were issued by Perseus. In 172 B.C., Perseus was said to have money to pay 10,000 mercenaries for ten years. R. H. J. Ashton proposed these types were issued to pay the approximately 500 Cretan Mercenaries in Perseus' army. Rhodian drachm circulated abundantly on Crete. Perseus was the last Macedonian king. He was defeated and imprisoned by Rome.
GS80274. Silver drachm, variety apparently unpublished in major references, see Numismatic Chronicle 148 (1988), p. 21 ff. for similar types, F, Thessaly mint, weight 2.218g, maximum diameter 15.2mm, die axis 180o, c. 171 B.C.; obverse Helios facing slightly to right, hair loose, countermarked (panther?); reverse ΓYPIOΣ, rose bud on stem with tendrils to left and right; SOLD











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