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ID:     833451
Type:     Greek
Region:     THESSALY
City:     Rhodian Mercenaries
Issuer:     Perseus
Date Ruled:     179-168 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Drachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC 171-170
Diameter:     15 mm
Weight:     2.73 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Helios facing slightly right
Reverse Legend:     ΕΡΜΙΑΣ
Reverse Description:     Rose with bud to right
Mint:     Uncertain
Primary Reference:     Price, Larissa p. 241
Reference2:     SNG Keckman 795
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Notes:     Head of Helios facing slightly right / Rose with bud to right; EPMIAΣ above In his 1988 article on Rhodian imitations, R. Ashton has argued persuasively that this coinage was struck by Perseus to pay Cretan mercenaries serving in his army (see “A Series of Pseudo-Rhodian Drachms from Mainland Greece,” NC 1988, pp. 29-30). Rhodian coinage circulated on Crete, where it was a familiar and trusted currency for the locals, and it is likely that they would have required payment in that form (see also Ashton, SM 146 (May 1987), p. 34).