Kingdom of Macedon, Philip V, AE20, 183-179 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Philip V
City/Region:
Kingdom of Macedon
Denomination:
AE20
Composition:
Bronze
Date:
Shortly after 183/82 BC
Obverse:
Head of the hero Perseus right, wearing winged helmet with griffin's head, harpa over shoulder
Reverse:
B-A / Φ-I, Eagle with spread wings standing on thunderbolt; in left field, ΔI monogram
Size:
20mm, 8.3g, 12h
Grade:
Choice gVF, attractive dark patina, some roughness, well-centered
Reference:
SNG Copenhagen 1254; SNG Alpha Bank 1103-4

Philip V (Φίλιππος) succeeded his father, Demetrius II of Macedon, as King of the Macedonian Kingdom at the age of 17. Although he was young he quickly proved himself capable as a leader. The coin features the heroic figure, Perseus, of Greek mythology. In Greek mythology, Perseus, a demigod, famously slayed the Gorgon Medusa by using his shield to see her reflection, averting her gaze and thus avoiding being turned into stone.