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Rhodian Mercenary Coinage, Thessaly c 170 BC
Silver tetrobol currency used by Perseus to pay Cretan mercenaries.
This coin was unearthed in the 1968 pot hoard of close to 3000 coins in Thessaly near Pharsalus at Sitichoro Thessaly (location listed on google map). It is believed this coinage was struck by Perseus to pay Cretan mercenaries serving in his army for their efforts to protect Rhodes. Rhodian coinage was a familiar and trusted currency on the island of Crete where it circulated freely. Obverse Helios, the Sun God. Reverse features a rose with a bud. The inscription EPMIAΣ is above the rose while Z Ω is flanking the stem.
Mint: Rhodes
Provenance: Private acquisition

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