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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.


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

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SH34937. Silver drachm, SNG Cop 176, SNG BM 202, aEF, weight 5.172 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, Kallatis (Mangalia, Romania) mint, obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse KAΛΛATIA, grain ear, club and bow case; finest style for the issue, high relief, finder's scrape on reverse; SOLD


Kallatis, Moesia Inferior, Under Roman Rule, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.

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Callatis, 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
RP26691. Bronze AE 20, SGICV 4821 var., BMC Thrace 9 var., gVF+, minor pitting, weight 5.643 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 0o, Kallatis (Mangalia, Romania) mint, obverse bust of Demeter right, veiled and wreathed in grain, torch right, K left, all in a circle of dots; reverse Dioscuri riding left, in circle of dots; rare; SOLD


Kallatis, Moesia Inferior, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

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Kallatis, on the Black Sea, is today Mangalia, the oldest town in Romania. In Greek Callatis means "the beautiful."
GB76836. Bronze AE 26, cf. AMNG I/I 230 ff. (various magistrates), SNG Stancomb 69 ff. (same), SNG BM 214 var. (same), SNG Cop -, VF, bold countermarks, attractive turquoise patina, edge crack, weight 12.204 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 180o, Kallatis (Mangalia, Romania) mint, 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, countermarks: veiled(?) head right in round punch; head of Hermes(?) in round punch; reverse KAΛΛA/TIANΩN, tripod, stalk of grain far left, magistrate name or monogram below; scarce; SOLD










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