Perseus, 179-168 BC
AE20. 5.2g, 19.7mm
MINTED: Uncertain Macedonian mint, circa 179-168 BC
REF: SNG Alpha Bank 1140
OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Perseus right; harpa over shoulder.
REVERSE: B-A, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head right, with open wings; monogram to left.
Almost Very Fine.
Perseus, an Antigonid king of the Macedonian Kingdom, was the illegitimate son of Philip V. He gained the throne by deceiving his father into believing that Philip's legitimate son, Demetrius, was scheming against him, resulting in Demetrius's execution in 180 BC. Philip died a year later, and was succeeded by Perseus, whose ambitions ultimately brought him into conflict with the Roman Republic. At the Battle of Pydna during the Third Macedonian War (171-168 BC), Perseus lost the fight as well as his kingdom. He was deposed and Macedonia thereafter a Roman Protectorate, and later, a Roman Province.
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM . Perseus, 179-168 BC . AE20 . Last King of Macedon
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