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Abdera, Thrace

Abdera, on the southern coast of Thrace, not far from the mouth of the river Nestus, was originally a Clazomenian colony founded in the seventh century B.C. This first venture did not prove a success, but in 544 B.C. the site was reoccupied by the larger portion of the population of Teos, who preferred to leave their native land rather than submit to the Persian conqueror (Herod. i. 168). Abdera rose to be a place of considerable importance and wealth. The griffin as a coin-type at Abdera is clearly copied from that on the coins of the mother-city Teos. It may be borrowed from the cultus of the Hyperborean Apollo. The magistrates whose names occur on the coins of this town were probably members of the governing body, commissioned to superintend the coinage of the state, and not mere monetary magistrates.


Abdera, Thrace, 386 - 375 B.C.

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In 408 B.C., Abdera was brought under the dominion of Athens. Sacked by Thracian tribes in 376 B.C., the town survived due to the Athenian support.
SH19465. Silver tetrobol, May Abdera 456, SNG Cop 338, aEF, weight 2.793 g, maximum diameter 14.41 mm, die axis 180o, Abdera mint, magistrate Athinis, 386 - 375 B.C.; obverse griffin leaping/flying left; reverse A−ΘH/N−HΣ, stag standing left within incuse square; rare; SOLD


Abdera, Thrace, 386 - 375 B.C.

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A wealthy city and thus a valuable prize, Abdera was repeatedly sacked: by the Triballi in 376 B.C., Philip II of Macedon in 350 B.C.; later by Lysimachos of Thrace, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, and again by the Macedonians. In 170 B.C., the Roman armies and those of Eumenes II of Pergamon besieged and sacked it.
GS66822. Silver drachm, May Abdera 405 (A282/P331), VF, sensuous style, weight 2.875 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 180o, Abdera mint, 386 - 375 B.C.; obverse griffin springing left, spiky bristle mane, raised curled tail; reverse MOΛΠAΓOΠHΣ, head of young Dionysos left, wearing wreath of ivy with berries clustered over brow, hair in long loses locks down the back of neck with single ringlet before ear, slightly concave field; SOLD


Abdera, Thrace, c. 365 - 346 B.C.

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Abdera was sacked by Philip II of Macedon in 350 B.C. and was absorbed in to Philip's empire. According to May, Philip closed the mint in 346 B.C. The city was later sacked and controlled by Lysimachos of Thrace, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, again the Macedonians, Eumenes II of Pergamon and finally the Romans.
SH42186. Silver stater, Possibly an ancient counterfeit, cf. May Abdera 464 ff. (none retrograde); SGCV I 1551 (same), VF, porosity around edges, weight 6.108 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 180o, obverse EΠI above, ΠAYΣANIΩ in exergue (all retrograde), recumbent griffin right; the entire obverse is retrograde (the griffin is normally left); reverse AB∆HPI/EΩN, laureate head of Apollo right, within incuse square; ex Gorny and Mosch; SOLD


Abdera, Thrace, c. 365 - 346 B.C.

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Abdera was sacked by Philip II of Macedon in 350 B.C. and was absorbed in to Philip's empire. According to May, Philip closed the mint in 346 B.C. The city was later sacked and controlled by Lysimachos of Thrace, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, again the Macedonians, Eumenes II of Pergamon and finally the Romans.
SH47737. Silver stater, May Abdera 293, AMNG 156, SGCV I 1551, VF, toned, weight 9.102 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 45o, Abdera mint, c. 365 - 345 B.C.; obverse EΠI ΠYΘEΩ, recumbent griffin left; reverse AB∆HPI/EΩN, laureate head of Apollo right, within incuse square; SOLD


Abdera, Thrace, 395 - 360 B.C.

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A wealthy city and thus a valuable prize, Abdera was repeatedly sacked: by the Triballi in 376 B.C., Philip II of Macedon in 350 B.C.; later by Lysimachos of Thrace, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, and again by the Macedonians. In 170 B.C., the Roman armies and those of Eumenes II of Pergamon besieged and sacked it.
GS75676. Silver drachm, May Abdera 324 (A236/P277), SNG Cop 334, gVF, fine classical style, weight 2.680 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 90o, Abdera mint, 395 - 360 B.C.; obverse griffin springing left; reverse ΓPΩTHΣ, laureate head of Apollo left in linear square frame, within incuse square; ex Forum 2007; SOLD


Abdera, Thrace, c. 311 - 280 B.C.

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Abdera was sacked by Philip II of Macedon in 350 B.C. and was absorbed in to Philip's empire. According to May, Philip closed the mint in 346 B.C. The city was later sacked and controlled by Lysimachos of Thrace, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, again the Macedonians, Eumenes II of Pergamon and finally the Romans.
SH90312. Silver tetrobol, SNG Cop 363; BMC Thrace p. 73, 60; AMNG II 206; SNG Dreer III -, VF, attractive style, nice toning, small edge chip, weight 1.487 g, maximum diameter 14.3 mm, die axis 0o, Abdera mint, c. 311 - 280 B.C.; obverse griffin recumbent left on club left, right foreleg raised, star above, MHNO below; reverse laureate head of Apollo right in rectangular linear frame, AB∆−HPI−TE−ΩN around; ex Jencek Historical Enterprise; SOLD


Abdera, Thrace, 425 - 400 B.C.

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Abdera rose to be a place of considerable importance and wealth when, in 544 B.C., the majority of the population of Teos relocated there rather than submit to the Persian conqueror. The griffin on coins of Abdera is copied from the coins of the mother-city Teos.
SH13851. Silver triobol, May Abdera 338; BMC Thrace p. 72, 52, VF, weight 1.173 g, maximum diameter 13.0 mm, die axis 165o, Abdera mint, 425 - 400 B.C.; obverse griffin with pointed wings, recumbent left; reverse bull's head in incuse square, ΠPΩT to left, H above, Σ below; SOLD


Abdera, Thrace, c. 395 - 360 B.C.

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In 376 B.C., the era when this coin was struck, the Triballi tribe, a large band of Thracians under King Hales, crossed Mount Haemus. With backing from Maroneia they were preparing to besiege Abdera when Chabrias appeared off the coast with the Athenian fleet, and managed a reconciliation.
GS68669. Silver tetrobol, May Abdera 352 ff.; AMNG II 124; SNG Cop 340 - 341; SNG Lockett 1141; BMC Thrace p. 71, 45;, aVF, toned, a little rough, weight 2.490 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 315o, Abdera mint, magistrate Protes, c. 395 - 360 B.C.; obverse griffin springing left, AB∆ above rump; reverse EΠI − ΠPO−TEΩ, three stalks of grain within linear square; SOLD


Abdera, Thrace, c. 360 - 350 B.C.

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Abdera was sacked by Philip II of Macedon in 350 B.C. and was absorbed in to Philip's empire. According to May, Philip closed the mint in 346 B.C. The city was later sacked and controlled by Lysimachos of Thrace, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, again the Macedonians, Eumenes II of Pergamon and finally the Romans.
GS85198. Silver tetrobol, May Abdera, Period VII, 413 (A287/P336); SNG Cop 331 (same dies); McClean II 4013 (same); AMNG II 115; BMC Thrace -, aVF/F, tight flan, light scratches, die wear, reverse double struck, weight 2.799 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 270o, Abdera mint, magistrate Molpagores, c. 360 - 350 B.C.; obverse griffin springing left; reverse head of young Dionysos right, beardless, long hair, wearing a wreath of ivy with berries, in linear square frame, MOΛ−ΠA−ΓO−PHΣ around starting above, slightly concave field; SOLD


Abdera, Thrace, c. 512 - 478 B.C.

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The Persians conquered Abdera, in 513 B.C. and 512 B.C., and again in 492 B.C., this time under Darius I. Abdera later became part of the Delian League and fought on the side of Athens in the Peloponnesian war.
GA39468. Silver obol, SNG Cop 312 ff.; BMC Thrace p. 66, 144 ff., gVF, weight 0.644 g, maximum diameter 8.6 mm, Abdera mint, obverse griffin seated left, right forepaw raised; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD




  




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