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Ancient Greek Coins from Thrace and Moesia

Mesembria, Thrace, c. 275 - 225 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great

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Mesembria, Nesebar Bulgaria today, was a Doric settlement on a Black Sea island just off mainland Thrace. Today it is a seaside resort and a man-made isthmus connects it to the coast. The city struck Alexandrine tetradrachms possibly as early as 275 B.C. It is likely Mesembria issued the very last Alexandrine tetradrachms, possibly even under Roman rule, as late as 65 B.C.
SH85286. Silver tetradrachm, Karayotov p. 84 and pl. VII, 41 (O7/R18); Price 992; Mller Alexander 436, gVF, attractive style, light marks and scratches, weight 17.000 g, maximum diameter 31.6 mm, die axis 180o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, c. 275 - 225 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion-scalp headdress; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus seated left, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, Corinthian helmet right over ΠA monogram in inner left field under arm; ex FORVM (2013); $700.00 (623.00)


Elaios, Thracian Chersonesos, c. 350 - 281 B.C.

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The city of Elaios in Thracian Chersonesos occupied a strategic position on what is now called the Gallipoli peninsula. In the ancient world, it was know for its sanctuary of the Trojan hero Protesilaos. Philostratos, writing of this sanctuary in the early third century A.D., speaks of a temple statue of Protesilaos standing on a base which was shaped like the prow of a boat. Of all the references listed in this coin's attribution, SNG Copenhagen is the only to list any coins of this rare city.
GB85370. Bronze AE 13, SNG Cop 898 (also same countermark); BMC Thrace -, Corpus Nummorum Thracorum -, SNG Tub -, SNG BM -, SNG Stancomb -, SNG Pushkin -, VF, well centered, highlighting earthen deposits, some marks, some corrosion, reverse slightly flattened by counter marking, weight 2.392 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, die axis 0o, Elaios mint, c. 350 - 281 B.C.; obverse veiled female head (Demeter?) right (wreathed in grain?); countermark: lion forepart right in an round punch; reverse bee upward, seen from above, EΛAIOY/ΣIΩN flanking in two upward lines first on left, ΠA monogram below; extremely rare; $250.00 (222.50)


Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, c. 4th Century B.C.

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Apollonia Pontica was founded as Antheia by Greek colonists from Miletus in the 7th century B.C. They soon changed its name to Apollonia after building a temple for Apollo. The temple contained a colossal statue of Apollo by Calamis, which was later taken to Rome and placed in the Capitol. The anchor on the coinage is evidence of the importance of its maritime trade.
GS12044. Silver diobol, Topalov Apollonia p. 391, 1 - 2 (LE); SNG BM -; SNG Stancomb -; SNG Cop -; BMC Thrace -, VF, toned, light bumps and marks, weight 1.291 g, maximum diameter 10.2 mm, die axis 0o, Apollonia Pontica (Sozopol, Bulgaria) mint, 4th century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo facing; reverse anchor flukes up, thick flukes, rectangular stock, EΛ (magistrate) upward on left, A left and crayfish right between flukes and stock; rare magistrate; $150.00 (133.50)


Mesembria, Thrace, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

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Mesembria (Mesambria) was a Doric settlement on an island at the Black Sea coast. Today a man-made isthmus connects it to the mainland. The modern name is Nesebar, an important seaside resort. Several ancient churches and ruins are preserved on the peninsula.
GB85181. Bronze AE 20, SNG BM 280 ff., SNG Cop 661, SGCV I 1676, gVF, edge flaw, weight 5.837 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse diademed female head right; reverse METAM/BPIANΩN (T = archaic Greek letter sampi = ΣΣ), Athena Alkidemos advancing left, shield on right arm, brandishing spear in left hand; $80.00 (71.20)


Mesembria, Thrace, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

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Mesembria (Mesambria) was a Doric settlement on an island at the Black Sea coast. Today a man-made isthmus connects it to the mainland. The modern name is Nesebar, an important seaside resort. Several ancient churches and ruins are preserved on the peninsula.
GB85182. Bronze AE 19, SNG BM 280 ff., SNG Cop 661, SGCV I 1676, VF, green patina, tight flan, weight 5.6228 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse diademed female head right; reverse METAM/BPIANΩN (T = archaic Greek letter sampi = ΣΣ), Athena Alkidemos advancing left, shield on right arm, brandishing spear in left hand; $80.00 (71.20)


Mesembria, Thrace, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

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Mesembria (Mesambria) was a Doric settlement on an island at the Black Sea coast. Today a man-made isthmus connects it to the mainland. The modern name is Nesebar, an important seaside resort. Several ancient churches and ruins are preserved on the peninsula.
GB85183. Bronze AE 18, SNG BM 280 ff., SNG Cop 661, SGCV I 1676, VF, attractive brown copper surfaces, well centered on a tight flan, weight 5.276 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse diademed female head right; reverse METAM/BPIANΩN (T = archaic Greek letter sampi = ΣΣ), Athena Alkidemos advancing left, shield on right arm, brandishing spear in left hand; $150.00 (133.50)


Mesembria, Thrace, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

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Mesembria (Mesambria) was a Doric settlement on an island at the Black Sea coast. Today a man-made isthmus connects it to the mainland. The modern name is Nesebar, an important seaside resort. Several ancient churches and ruins are preserved on the peninsula.
GB85184. Bronze AE 20, SNG BM 280 ff., SNG Cop 661, SGCV I 1676, VF, well centered on a tight flan, bums and marks, weight 6.932 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse diademed female head right; reverse METAM/BPIANΩN (T = archaic Greek letter sampi = ΣΣ), Athena Alkidemos advancing left, shield on right arm, brandishing spear in left hand; $80.00 (71.20)


Cherronesos, Thrace, c. 400 - 338 B.C.

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Cherronesos is Greek for 'peninsula' and several cities used the name. The city in Thracian Chersonesos (the Gallipoli peninsula) that struck these coins is uncertain. The coins may have been struck at Cardia by the peninsula as a league, or perhaps they were struck by lost city on the peninsula named Cherronesos. Cherronesos was controlled by Athens from 560 B.C. to 338 B.C., aside from a brief period during this time when it was controlled by Persia. It was taken by Philip II of Macedonia in 338 B.C., Pergamon in 189 B.C., and Rome in 133 B.C. It was later ruled by the Byzantine Empire and then by the Ottoman Turks.
GA85140. Silver hemidrachm, cf. BMC Thrace p. 183, 8 ff.; McClean 4055 ff.; Weber 2405 ff.; Dewing 1301 ff.; SNG Cop 824 ff.; SNG Milan 1062 ff.; SNG Dreer 106 ff., VF/F, toned, light corrosion, symbols on reverse not fully struck, weight 2.176 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, Cardia(?) mint, c. 400 - 338 B.C.; obverse lion forepart right, head turned back left, paws raised; reverse quadripartite incuse with alternating shallow and deeper sunken quarters, uncertain symbols in the sunk opposite quadrants; $70.00 (62.30)


Thasos, Islands off Thrace, c. 411 - 404 B.C.

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In 411 B.C., Thasos revolted from Athens and received a Lacedaemonian governor. In 407 B.C. Spartans were expelled and the Athenians readmitted. After the Battle of Aegospotami in 405 B.C., Thasos again fell under the Lacedaemonians led by Lysander who formed a decarchy there. Athens must have recovered it, for later it was a subject of dispute with Philip II of Macedonia.
GA84665. Silver tritartemorion, Le Rider Thasiennes 12; SNG Cop 1033, BMC Thrace 60, SNG Fitzwilliam 3665, McClean 4218, SGCV I 1756, VF, well centered, surfaces lightly etched, weight 0.393 g, maximum diameter 8.1 mm, die axis 180o, Thasos mint, c. 411 - 404 B.C.; obverse head of satyr right; reverse ΘAΣI, two dolphins swimming; $120.00 (106.80)


Dioscourias, Colchis, c. 105 - 90 B.C.

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The Milesian Greek colony of Dioscurias was named for the Dioscuri, the twins of myth, Castor and Pollux. Commerce between Greece and the indigenous tribes was bustling in the city, wares were imported from many parts of Greece, and local salt and Caucasian timber, linen, and hemp were exported. It was also a center of slave trade. The multitude of languages spoken in its bazaars was remarkable. Under Augustus, the city assumed the name of Sebastopolis, but its prosperity was in the past. The Black Sea had continuously encroached upon the city and in the 1st century Pliny the Elder described it as nearly deserted. The towers and walls of Sebastopolis are still underwater today. In 542, the Romans evacuated the remaining residents and demolished its citadel to prevent it from being captured by the Sassanids. In 565, Justinian I restored the fort and Sebastopolis remained a Byzantine stronghold until it was sacked by the Arab conqueror Marwan II in 736.
GB85237. Bronze AE 16, SNG BM Black Sea 1021, SNG Cop 102, SNG Stancomb 638, Lindgren II 5 SGCV 3629, HGC 7 205, VF, cleaning scratches, reverse off center, weight 5.367 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 0o, Dioscourias (Sokhumi, Abkhazia, Georgia) mint, c. 105 - 90 B.C.; obverse two piloi (caps of the Dioscuri), surmounted by stars; reverse ∆IOΣ/KOY-PIA/∆OΣ in three lines divided by thyrsos in center; ex Roma e-sale 28 (2 Jul 2016), lot 123; $80.00 (71.20)











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