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980923. KINGS of MACEDON. Kassander. As Regent, 317-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 17.20 g, 4h). In the name and types of Alexander III. Amphipolis mint. Struck circa 316-311 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; to left, dolphin downward. Price 133; Troxell, Studies, Issue L7. EF, lightly toned. ($1250) Ex Patrick Tan Collection.

974143. KINGS of MACEDON. temp. Perseus. 179-168 BC. AR Drachm (15mm, 2.54 g, 11h). Third Macedonian War issue. Rhodian standard. Uncertain mint in Thessaly; Hermias, magistrate. Struck circa 171/0 BC. Head of Helios facing slightly right / Rose with bud to right; EPMIAΣ above, Σ Ω flanking stem. Price, Larissa, pl. LV, 247; SNG Keckman 795. Superb EF, small metal flaw on cheek. ($495) 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). The Rhodian coinage circulated on Crete, where it was a familiar and trusted currency for the Cretans, and it is likely that they would have required payment in that form (see also R. Ashton, SM 146 [May 1987], p. 34).

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