MACEDONIA, KINGDOM OF
Perseus (179-168 BC)
AE20. 5.34g, 19.8mm
MINTED: Macedonian mint, circa 179-168 BC
REF: SNG Cop 1277
OBVERSE: Head of the hero Perseus right, wearing winged Phrygian helmet, [harpa before].
REVERSE: Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head right; B-A across upper field, EP in left field, monogram and H below.
Fine/Almost Very Fine. Cleaned, corroded surfaces, but decent details. Coppery high points with toned, dark fields.
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.
MACEDONIA, KINGDOM OF . Perseus, 179-168 BC . AE20 . Last King of Macedonia
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