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Sale: Triton VIII, Lot: 196. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 10 January 2005. 
Sold For $4000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. Perseus. 179-168 BC. AR Didrachm (8.37 gm, 5h). Pella or Amphipolis mint; Zoilos, mintmaster. Struck circa 179-178 BC. Diademed head right; ZWILOU below / BASILEWS PERSEWS, harpa; control marks (monograms) above and below; all within oak wreath, star to left. Cf. Mamroth, Perseus 1 (tetradrachm); cf. AMNG III 1 (tetradrachm); SNG Alpha Bank -; cf. SNG München 1196 (tetradrachm). VF, well centered and struck. Unique didrachm from the first series of Perseus. ($3000)

This is the only known didrachm from the first series of Perseus, identified by the mintmaster's signature below the king's neck. Only five tetradrachms were previously known for this issue.