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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.


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 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.
RP63965. Bronze AE 30, Ruzicka 264 (same reverse die), Varbanov II 4653, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, aF, smoothing, weight 26.306 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 180o, Pautalia (Kyustendil, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AYT K Λ CEΠTI CEYHPOC ΠEP CEB, laureate head right; reverse HΓE K AIΛIOY ONEPATOY OYΛΠIAC ΠAYTAΛIAC, tetrastyle temple seen in three-quarters perspective, no steps, Apollo-Bonus Eventus standing within, flanked by a tree left and another right; thick sestertius-like flan; rare; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00


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 SALE PRICE $36.00


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










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