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 Bulgaria.
Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C.
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(?) 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; $180.00 (€135.00)
Kallatis, Thrace, c. 300 - 250 B.C.
Callatis, on the Black Sea, is today Mangalia, the oldest town in Romania. In Greek Callatis means "the beautiful."
GS60627. Silver tetrobol, SNG BM 203 - 204, SGCV I 1660, SNG Stancomb -, VF, weight 1.839 g, maximum diameter 14.3 mm, Kallatis mint, c. 300 - 250 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse KAΛΛA, stalk of grain and club left, bow in case and Σ right; $70.00 (€52.50)
Kallatis, Thrace, c. 300 - 250 B.C.
SH34937. Silver drachm, SNG Cop 176, SNG BM 202, aEF, weight 5.172 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, Kallatis 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
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