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Istros, Thrace

Istros was probably the first Greek colony on the Black Sea, and was founded in 657 - 656 B.C. or sometime between 630 and 620 B.C. by Milesian settlers in a strategic position near the Danube Delta. The first monetary emissions consisted of cast arrow-heads, later marked with a wheel or inscribed IST. Proper coins were minted from the 5th century: attic standard didrachms with an incuse square reverse and cast small bronzes marked with a wheel. Later the staters suffered several weight reductions, and the incuse technique was discontinued. In parallel, Istros minted silver fractions, and after the silver issues were halted in the Lysimachos era, the city struck gold staters. Later, the city issued autonomous bronze coinage and Roman Provincial coinage.

Istros, Thrace, 400 - 350 B.C.

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This control monogram is unlisted in the primary references but we know of several examples from the market.
GS86182. Silver drachm, SNG BM 240 ff. var. (unlisted monogram); SNG Cop 191 ff. var. (same); SNG Stancomb 141 var. (same); BMC Thrace p. 25, 6 ff. var. (same), VF, attractive style, bumps and marks, tight flan, weight 4.766 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse two facing male heads, left head inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, monogram (control) below; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00

La Collection M. C. Sutzu (Bibliotheque de l' Academie Roumaine, Bucarest), I. Istros, Kallatis, Tomis

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Mihail Constantin Sutzu's coin collection, containing 2,500 ancient Roman and Greek coins, was held in the library of the Romanian Academy. The book illustrates all the West-Pontic coins and countermarks from the collection including 49 coins of Istros, 62 coins of Kallatis and 611 coins of Tomis.
BK10067. La Collection M. C. Sutzu (Bibliotheque de l' Academie Roumaine, Bucarest), I. Istros, Kallatis, Tomis by Emanuel Petac, Collection Moneta 43, 2005, 120 pages, 24 plates, paperback; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00

Gordian III, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Istros, Moesia Inferior

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RP54124. Bronze pentassarion, Apparently unpublished, cf. Varbanov 678 (obv legend, tetrassarion), AMNG I 523 (same); SNG Cop -, BMC -, Lindgren -, VF, weight 13.434 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 0o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, obverse AVT K M ANTΩ ΓOP∆IANOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse ICTPIHNΩN, Hera standing left, holding patera over flaming altar and scepter in right, E (mark of value) in left field; struck with a damaged obverse die (the lump at the back of Gordian's head), some porosity, nice green patina; extremely rare; SOLD



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Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Belgium, Bibliothque Royale de Belgique, La Collection de Bronzes Grecs de Marc Bar. (Brussels, 2007).
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Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain VII, Manchester University Museum. (London, 1986).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain IX, British Museum, Part 1: The Black Sea. (London, 1993).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain XI, The William Stancomb Collection of Coins of the Black Sea Region. (Oxford, 2000).
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