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ID:     803732
Type:     Greek
Region:     PONTUS
City:     Amisus
Issuer:     Mithradates VI
Date Ruled:     120-63 BC
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE31
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 85-65
Diameter:     31 mm
Weight:     18.13 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Description:     Helmeted head of Athena right
Reverse Legend:     ΑΜΙΣΟΥ
Reverse Description:     Perseus standing facing, holding head of Medusa in left hand and harpa in right hand; body of Medusa at feet, monograms at each side
Mint:     Amisus
Primary Reference:     SNG BM Black Sea 1166-8
Reference2:     SNG Cop 137
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF
Notes:     This coin depicts two figures from the legend of Medusa, who was once a beautiful young maiden who dared to challenge Athena's beauty. As punishment for her impiety, Medusa‚Äôs hair was turned into hissing serpents and condemned to turn every living thing which gazed upon her to turn to stone. Perseus, son of Zeus and the mortal Danae, was given the task of slaying this monster. He was aided, in part, by Athena who gave her shield to him for the task. In the context of the period which this coin is from, Perseus and Medusa would be representations of Mithradates VI and Rome, respectively.