Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius, Plotinopolis, Thrace
Plotinopolis (modern day Didimochito, Greece) was an important Thracian and Hellenistic town. It was sacked by the Romans in 204 B.C. Trajan created a new city between the two hills surrounding the town and named it Plotinopolis after his wife. Ruins of the town were accidently found during construction in the 1960s. In the 1980s, a solid gold bust of Trajan was found and is now in the museum at Komotini.
RP62383. Bronze AE 23, Varbanov III 1830; SGICV 1728, gVF, weight 7.626 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 225o, Plotinopolis mint, 146 - 176 A.D.; obverseFAVCTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust right; reversePLWTEINOPOLEITWN, Demeter standing left, ears of grain in right, torch in left; attractive green patina; scarce; $250.00 (€192.50)
Dikaia, Thrace, c. 492 - 475 B.C.
Dikaia was located in Thrace, in the region between the river Nestos and the river Hebros.
GA63565. Silver drachm, Schönert-Geiss Bisanthe 28 (V1/R1), SNG Cop 552 (same dies), Traité II 1795 (different dies, Selymbria), F, toned, weight 3.170 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 180o, Dikaia mint, 480 - 450 B.C.; obverse Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse rooster standing right dotted, square border, all within shallow incuse square; rare; $200.00 (€154.00)
Dikaia, Thrace, 5th Century B.C.
Although unpublished in the major references another was offered in H. D. Rauch GmbH auction 77 (unsold with an estimate of 180?). We first assumed this was a normal man-headed bull reverse struck with a damaged reverse die; however, the very similar Rauch coin was struck with a different reverse die. Rauch described their reverse, which was equally obscure, as a dolphin in an incuse punch. We aren't sure what it is.
GS35950. Silver diobol, unpublished in major references; Schönert-Geiss Bisanthe -, Klein -, SNG ANS -, SNG Keckman -, SNG Kayhan -, SNG Cop -, AMNG -, BMC -, F, weight .96 g, maximum diameter 9.7 mm, Dikaia mint, 5th Century B.C.; obverse rooster standing right, possibly a snake or worm in its beak; reverse uncertain design, possibly a dolphin, within an incuse irregular square punch; very rare; $120.00 (€92.40)
Thracian Kings, Kavaros, c. 225 - 219 B.C.
Kavaros was a Gallic King of Thrace, the last Gaul to rule Thrace and the only Gallic king in Thrace to strike coins.
GB52322. Bronze AE 20, SNG BM 195, SNG Cop 1175, aVF, weight 4.827 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 0o, Kabyle mint, obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverseBASILEWS KAUAROU, Nike standing left, crowning name wreath in right, monogram inner left; nice style; rare; $75.00 (€57.75)