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Pautalia, Thrace

The site of Pautalia (modern Kyustendil, Bulgaria) was settled in the Iron Age by the Thracian Dentheletes tribe. It was located near thermal springs and remains of the ancient city include a temple of Asclepios and Roman baths. In the 1990s, excavation of nearby 2nd century A.D. tumuli unearthed bronze surgical instruments and a small bronze case containing a variety of medicines.


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D. Pautalia, Thrace

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The Three Graces (Charities), named Euphrosyne (Joy), Aglaia (Splendor) and Thalia (Good Cheer), were the attendants of Venus (Aphrodite). They are shown on Roman provincial coins as a statuary group, sometimes nude or partially nude, and sometimes holding apples. In Pautalia, they were tutelary goddesses of the local mineral springs. On this coin, the outer Graces hold a long thin object, probably a snake, indicating the healing properties of the springs.
RP79716. Bronze AE 20, RPC Online IV temp 8758 (1 spec.), Ruzicka Pautalia 20 (same coin), Imhoof-Blumer Nymphen 498 (same), Varbanov II 4400 (R5), SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, Fair, rough (usual for this type), weight 5.611 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 225o, Pautalia (Kyustendil, Bulgaria) mint, Aug 138 - 7 Mar 161 A.D.; obverse AY KAI ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right; reverse ΠAYTAΛIΩTΩN, the Three Graces (Charites), each with a kalathos on her head and draped in a chiton, outer ones each holding a long thin object (snake or staff?), middle one holding uncertain object; ex FORVM (2006); rare; $40.00 (34.00) ON RESERVE


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Pautalia, Thrace

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The site of Pautalia (modern Kyustendil, Bulgaria) was settled in the Iron Age by the Thracian Dentheletes tribe. It was located near thermal springs and remains of the ancient city include a temple of Asklepios and Roman baths. In the 1990s, excavation of nearby 2nd century A.D. tumuli unearthed bronze surgical instruments and a small bronze case containing a variety of medicines.
RP72142. Bronze pentassarion, Ruzicka 888, Varbanov 5403 (R4), Moushmov 4350; SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, F, nice dark green patina, weight 18.678 g, maximum diameter 32.4 mm, die axis 45o, Pautalia mint, 209 - c. 26 Dec 211 A.D.; obverse AYT K Π CEΠ−TI ΓETAC, laureate head right, bare right shoulder seen from behind; reverse OVΛΠIAC ΠAVTA,ΛIAC ending in exergue, bearded river-god Strymon seated left on waves, nude to waist, himation wrapped around hips and legs, with end draped over left arm, raising a bundle of reeds in right hand, left forearm resting on toppled urn behind from which water flows, small human figure standing right below collecting water; large 32mm bronze, ex Henrik Agndal collection; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Pautalia, Thrace

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The site of Pautalia (Kyustendil, Bulgaria) was settled in the Iron Age by the Thracian Dentheletes tribe. Strymon, son of Oceanus and Tethys, was a river god and king of Thrace. By the muses Euterpe or Calliope, he became the father of Rhesus, Brangas, and Olynthus, and by Neaera of Evadne.
RP72133. Bronze tetrassaria, Moushmov 4192 (this coin on Wildwinds' Moushmov online), Varbanov 4790 (R4, refs wildwinds), Ruzicka -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunterian -, BMC Thrace -, F, centered, somewhat weak reverse, corrosion lower reverse, weight 14.838 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 225o, Pautalia (Kyustendil, Bulgaria) mint, 9 Apr 193 - 4 Feb 211 A.D.; obverse AVT K Λ CEΠTI CEVHPOC ΠE, laureate head right, bare right shoulder from behind; reverse OVΛΠIAC, ΠAVTAΛIAC in exergue, river-god Strymon reclining left, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs with end draped on left arm, branch in right hand, left elbow resting on urn from which water flows; ex Henrik Agndal collection, this is the only example of the type known to Forum, but very similar types also exist; very rare; SOLD










REFERENCES

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