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Kallatis, Thrace

Kallatis was founded on the Black Sea by Heraclea Pontica in the 6th century B.C. In Greek Kallatis means "the beautiful." Its first silver coinage was minted approximately 350 B.C. In 72 B.C., Kallatis was conquered by the Roman general Lucullus and was included in the Roman province of Moesia Inferior. Throughout the 2nd century A.D., the city built defensive fortifications. Kallatis suffered multiple invasions in the 3rd century A.D. but recovered in the 4th century A.D. to regain its status as an important trade hub and port city. Today Kallatis is called Mangalia, the oldest city in Romania.

Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C.

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Lysimachus, one of Alexander the Great's personal bodyguards, was appointed strategos (general) in Thrace and the Chersonesos after Alexander's death. He became one of the diadochi (successors of Alexander) who were initially generals and governors, but who continuously allied and warred with each other and eventually divided the empire. In 309, he founded his capital Lysimachia in a commanding situation on the neck connecting the Chersonesos with the mainland. In 306, he followed the example of Antigonus in taking the title of king, ruling Thrace, Asia Minor and Macedonia. In 281, he was killed in battle against Seleucus, another successor of Alexander.
GB68080. Bronze AE 13, Müller 14, SNG Cop 1168, SGCV II 6822, VF, weight 2.519 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 0o, Kallatis (Mangalia, Romania) mint, c. 297 - 281 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right clad in lion's scalp headdress; reverse BAΣI/ΛYΣI within a wreath of grain; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00

Kallatis, Thrace, c. 300 - 250 B.C.

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SNG Stancomb - Kallatis, on the Black Sea, is today Mangalia, the oldest town in Romania. In Greek Callatis means "the beautiful." -- Greek Imperial Coins, Vol. I, Dacia, Moesia Superior, Moesia Inferior by Ivan Varbanov
SH72266. Silver tetrobol, SNG Cop 177; AMNG I 200; SNG BM 203 var. (Σ right); BMC Thrace p. 21, 2 var. (same), VF, high relief head of Herakles, reverse double struck, weight 2.312 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 180o, Kallatis (Mangalia, Romania) mint, obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse KAΛΛATIA (downward), stalk of grain and club left, bow in bowcase right; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00

La Collection M. C. Sutzu (Bibliotheque de l' Academie Roumaine, Bucarest), I. Istros, Kallatis, Tomis

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Mihail Constantin Sutzu's coin collection, containing 2,500 ancient Roman and Greek coins, was held in the library of the Romanian Academy. The book illustrates all the West-Pontic coins and countermarks from the collection including 49 coins of Istros, 62 coins of Kallatis and 611 coins of Tomis.
BK10067. La Collection M. C. Sutzu (Bibliotheque de l' Academie Roumaine, Bucarest), I. Istros, Kallatis, Tomis by Emanuel Petac, Collection Moneta 43, 2005, 120 pages, 24 plates, paperback; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


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