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Thracian Tribes

Divided into numerous tribes, the Thracians did not recognize themselves as a single group. Thrace and Thracians were names given them by the Greeks. The Thracians did not form a lasting political organization until the Odrysian state was founded in the 5th century B.C. The 4th century was a time of strife and Macedonian encroachment. The coins of the Thracian rulers, which were struck in the Greek cities of the kingdom, are so scarce that they may have been struck more symbolic of regal authority than to meet the needs of trade.

Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, c. 510 - 454 B.C.

|Thracian| |Tribes|, |Thraco-Macedonian| |Tribes,| |c.| |510| |-| |454| |B.C.||obol|
 
GA91170. Silver obol, Weber II 1841; SNG ANS -; SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG Munchen -; Tzamalis -; Raymond -; HGC 3.1 -, VF, toned, weight 0.754 g, maximum diameter 8.1 mm, tribal mint, c. 510 - 454 B.C.; obverse head of goat right; reverse crude incuse square; very rare; $135.00 SALE |PRICE| $122.00
 


Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, Mygdones or Krestones, c. 480 - 470 B.C.

|Thracian| |Tribes|, |Thraco-Macedonian| |Tribes,| |Mygdones| |or| |Krestones,| |c.| |480| |-| |470| |B.C.||diobol|
Previously attributed to Aigai, Macedonia, Cathy Lorber has reattributed these coins as tribal issues from an area west or southwest of Bisaltia, probably inhabited by the Mygdones or Krestones.
CE83467. Silver diobol, SNG Berry 11 (same dies, Aigai); SNG ANS 60 (same); SNG Cop 30 (Aigai); AMNG III 15 (Aigai); Lorber Goats 15, VF, well centered, etched surfaces, weight 1.017 g, maximum diameter 10.7 mm, die axis 180o, tribal mint, issue 2, c. 480 - 470 B.C.; obverse male goat half-kneeling right, head turned left, pellets around; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Thraco-Macedonian, Mid 5th - 4th Century B.C.

|Thracian| |Tribes|, |Thraco-Macedonian,| |Mid| |5th| |-| |4th| |Century| |B.C.||hemiobol|
A Gorgoneion was a horror-creating apotropaic Gorgon head pendant. The name derives from the Greek word gorgós, which means "dreadful." The Gorgons were three sisters who had hair of living, venomous snakes, and a horrifying face that turned those who saw it to stone. Stheno and Euryale were immortal, but their sister Medusa was not, and was slain by Perseus. Zeus, Athena, Hellenistic kings and Roman emperors wore Gorgoneion for protection. Images of the Gorgons were also put upon objects and buildings for protection. A Gorgon image is at the center of the pediment of the temple at Corfu, the oldest stone pediment in Greece from about 600 B.C.
GS92897. Silver hemiobol, Unpublished in the standard references; Roma Numismatics e-sale 41 (2 Dec 2017), lot 180 (the only other example known to FORVM), VF, well centered, toned, weight 0.300 g, maximum diameter 6.0 mm, tribal mint, Mid 5th - 4th Century B.C.; obverse facing head of gorgoneion Medusa; reverse incuse facing head of a lion or panther; SOLD







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