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ID:     191717
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:     16 mm
Weight:     2.71 g
Obverse Description:     Facing head of Helios turned slightly right
Reverse Legend:     ΓΟΡΓΟΣ
Reverse Description:     Rose with bud to right; crude grape bunch to lower left
Mint:     Uncertain Thessalian Mint
Primary Reference:     Ashton,
Reference2:     SNG Helsinki 796 var. (symbol)
Reference3:     SNG Cop -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF
Notes:     According to Ashton (NumChron 1988, pp. 29-30), this coinage was struck by Perseus to pay Cretan mercenaries serving in his army. The Rhodian coinage circulated on Crete, and thus was a familiar and trusted currency for the Cretans, and it is likely that they would have required payment in that form (see also Ashton, SM 146 (May 1987), pg. 34).