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Cherronesos, Thrace

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.


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.
GS76108. Silver hemidrachm, SNG Fitzwilliam 463, BMC Thrace -, McClean -, Weber -, Dewing -, SNG Cop -, SNG Fitzwilliam -, SNG Berry -, SNG Milan -, SNG Lockett -, SNG Dreer -, Choice VF, attractive style, nice toning, tight flan, light marks, weight 2.299 g, maximum diameter 13.0 mm, Cherronesos mint, c. 400 - 338 B.C.; obverse lion forepart right, head turned back left, tongue protruding; reverse quadripartite incuse with alternating shallow and deeper sunken quarters; pellet in one sunken quarter, star of eight rays around a central pellet in the opposite sunken quarter, A in one of the raised quarters; scarce; $200.00 (€178.00)
 


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Coela, Thracian Chersonesos

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Coela in Chersonesos Thraciae (on the Gallipoli peninsula) issued gold and silver coins under Alexander the Great and from the early 2nd century A.D. struck Roman provincial and colonial coins.
RP84057. Bronze AE 17, SNG Cop 872 (same dies), Varbanov 2888 (R6) var. (legends, grain above prow), SNG Tübingen -, SNG Hunterian -, SNG Dreer -, BMC Thrace -, Lindgren -, VF, nice green patina, tight flan cutting off much of the legends, marks, weight 4.166 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 135o, Coela mint, Aug 138 - 7 Mar 161 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES - ANTONINVS (or similar), laureate head right; reverse AEL MVNI COELANI (or similar), war galley prow left; very rare; $200.00 (€178.00)
 


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.
GS84176. Silver hemidrachm, McClean 4059; SNG Milan 167; Dewing 3102; BMC Thrace -; Weber -; SNG Cop -; SNG Dreer -; SNG Lockett -; SNG Berry -, VF, attractive style, obverse off center, tiny edge cracks, weight 2.312 g, maximum diameter 13.1 mm, Cherronesos mint, c. 400 - 338 B.C.; obverse lion forepart right, head turned back left, tongue protruding; reverse quadripartite incuse with alternating shallow and deeper sunken quarters, pellet in each of the two sunk quarters, H on raised quarter; scarce; $140.00 (€124.60)
 


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.
GS77713. Silver hemidrachm, BMC Thrace p. 184, 24; Weber 2426; Babelon Traite 1562; McClean -; Dewing -; SNG Cop -; SNG Lockett -; SNG Dreer -; SNG Berry -; SNG Milan -, VF, toned, well centered, light marks, weight 2.226 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, Cherronesos mint, c. 400 - 338 B.C.; obverse lion forepart right, head turned back left, tongue protruding; reverse quadripartite incuse with alternating shallow and deeper sunken quarters, pellet over AΓ monogram in one of the sunken quarter, club beside pellet in the opposite sunken quarter; from the Butte College Foundation, ex-Lindgren; rare; $120.00 (€106.80)
 


Pantikapaion(?), Tauric Chersonesos, Thrace, c. 350 - 300 B.C.

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This type was minted with and without the Π on the reverse. Although not discussed in the references reviewed by Forum, we believe the Π on the reverse indicates this coin was struck at Pantikapaion.
GB90313. Bronze AE 10, SNG BM Black Sea 727; SNG Stancomb 463; SNG Pushkin 607, Sutzu II 13, aVF, grainy, weight 1.182 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, die axis 0o, Pantikapaion(?) mint, c. 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse lion head right, mouth open; reverse star of six rays, Π − X−E−P between rays; $65.00 (€57.85)
 


Lysimachia, Thracian Chersonesos, 309 - 220 B.C.

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Lysimachia was built by Lysimachus in 309 B.C., when he was preparing for the last struggle with his rivals; for the new city, being situated on the isthmus, commanded the road from Sestos to the north and the mainland of Thrace. In order to obtain inhabitants for his new city, Lysimachus destroyed the neighboring town of Cardia, and settled the inhabitants of it and other Chersonesean cities here. Lysimachus made Lysimachia the capital of his kingdom, and it must have rapidly risen to great splendor and prosperity.
GB90088. Bronze AE 19, SNG Cop 910, BMC Thrace -, SNG Tübingen -, SNG Dreer -, Lindgren -, aF, weight 5.138 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimacheia mint, 309 - 220 B.C.; obverse laureate and turreted head of Tyche right; reverse ΛYΣIMAXEΩN, lion seated right, stalk of grain (control symbol) upper left; very rare; $55.00 (€48.95)
 


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.
GS74818. Silver hemidrachm, McClean 4104, Demeester 36, BMC Thrace -, Weber -, Dewing -, SNG Cop -, SNG Dreer -, SNG Berry -, SNG Lockett -, SNG Milan -, SNG von Post -, F, toned, tight flan, tiny test cut on edge, weight 2.366 g, maximum diameter 12.5 mm, Cherronesos mint, c. 400 - 338 B.C.; obverse lion forepart right, head turned back left, tongue protruding; reverse quadripartite incuse with alternating shallow and deeper sunken quarters, pellet over H in one sunk quadrant, bucranium in the opposite sunk quadrant; very rare; $50.00 (€44.50)
 


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.
GS75394. Silver hemidrachm, CNG e-auction 104, lot 37; otherwise apparently unpublished; perhaps an ancient plated counterfeit with a debased core, F, lamination defects, corrosion, scratches, weight 2.025 g, maximum diameter 12.9 mm, Cherronesos (or counterfeiter's) mint, c. 400 - 338 B.C.; obverse lion forepart right, head turned back left, tongue protruding; reverse quadripartite incuse square with alternating shallow and deeper sunken quarters, selinon (or grape?) leaf on a stem in on of the sunk quadrants, a pellet in the opposite sunk quadrant; only the 2nd example of this type known to Forum; $50.00 (€44.50)
 


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.
GS75424. Silver hemidrachm, McClean 4094, BMC Thrace -, Weber , Dewing -, SNG Cop -, SNG Lockett -, SNG Milan -, SNG Dreer -, SNG Berry -, aVF, toned, porous, etched surfaces, obverse off center, better fish than on most examples, weight 2.312 g, maximum diameter 13.9 mm, Cherronesos mint, c. 400 - 338 B.C.; obverse lion forepart right, head turned back left, tongue protruding; reverse quadripartite incuse with alternating shallow and deeper sunken quarters, fish with its head toward the coin's center in one sunk quadrant, pellet over AΓ ligature in the opposite sunk quadrant; rare; $45.00 (€40.05)
 


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.
GS74750. Silver hemidrachm, SNG Dreer 107, Weber -; McClean -, BMC Thrace -, Dewing -, SNG Cop -, SNG Milan -, SNG Lockett -, SNG Dreer -, SNG Berry, F, small edge split, weight 2.312 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, Cherronesos mint, c. 400 - 338 B.C.; obverse lion forepart right, head turned back left, tongue protruding; reverse quadripartite incuse with alternating shallow and deeper sunken quarters, pellet in one sunk quadrant, I over pellet in the opposite sunk quadrant; $40.00 (€35.60) ON RESERVE




  



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