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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 IΣT. 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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The obverse type has been variously interpreted as representing the Dioscuri, the rising and setting sun, and the two branches of the river Danube. - Greek Coins and Their Values by David Sear
GS38085. Silver stater, BMC Thrace p. 25, 12; SGCV I 1669 var, VF, weight 5.170 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse facing male heads, left inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, ΠA monogram below; SOLD


Istros, Thrace, 400 - 350 B.C.

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The obverse type has been variously interpreted as representing the Dioscuri, the rising and setting sun, and the two branches of the river Danube. - Greek Coins and Their Values by David Sear
GS38036. Silver stater, AMNG I/I 416, SNG BM 237, SNG Cop 196, SGCV I 1669, VF, weight 5.441 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse facing male heads, right inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, A below dolphin; SOLD


Istros, Thrace, 400 - 350 B.C.

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The obverse type has been variously interpreted as representing the Dioscuri, the rising and setting sun, and the two branches of the river Danube. - Greek Coins and Their Values by David Sear
GS38047. Silver stater, AMNG I/I 425, SMG BM 256, SGCV I 1669, SNG Cop 191, VF, weight 4.832 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse facing male heads, right inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, ΦY monogram below; SOLD


Istros, Thrace, 400 - 350 B.C.

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The obverse type has been variously interpreted as representing the Dioscuri, the rising and setting sun, and the two branches of the river Danube. - Greek Coins and Their Values by David Sear
GS01407. Silver stater, SNG Stancomb 147, SNG BM 247, SGCV I 1669 var, aEF, weight 5.53 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse facing male heads, left inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, AΓ monogram below; SOLD


Istros, Thrace, 400 - 350 B.C.

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The obverse type has been variously interpreted as representing the Dioscuri, the rising and setting sun, and the two branches of the river Danube. - Greek Coins and Their Values by David Sear
SH08969. Silver stater, SGCV I 1669 var, gVF, weight 5.53 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse facing male heads, left inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, AΓ monogram below, I right; SOLD


Istros, Thrace, 400 - 350 B.C.

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The obverse type has been variously interpreted as representing the Dioscuri, the rising and setting sun, and the two branches of the river Danube. - Greek Coins and Their Values by David Sear
GS38034. Silver stater, AMNG I/I 435; SGCV I 1669 var, VF, weight 4.982 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse facing male heads, left inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, I right, A below; SOLD


Istros, Thrace, 400 - 350 B.C.

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The obverse type has been variously interpreted as representing the Dioscuri, the rising and setting sun, and the two branches of the river Danube. - Greek Coins and Their Values by David Sear
GS38035. Silver stater, SNG Cop 196, SGCV I 1669, VF, weight 5.454 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse facing male heads, right inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, ∆ in between, XAP monogram below; SOLD


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Istros, Moesia Inferior

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RP54119. Bronze pentassarion, AMNG I/I 516 var (reverse legend breaks), Varbanov 666 var (same), SNG Cop -, BMC -, VF, green patina, weight 13.909 g, maximum diameter 28.5 mm, die axis 0o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 222 - 235 A.D.; obverse AYT K M AYPH CAB AΛEZAN∆POC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse IC-TP-IH,NΩN, bearded god (Mithras?) riding right on horseback, kalathos on head, eagle perched on long torch behind, altar below horse's raised right hoof, E below; rare; SOLD


Istros, Thrace, 400 - 350 B.C.

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The obverse type has been variously interpreted as representing the Dioscuri, the rising and setting sun, and the two branches of the river Danube. - Greek Coins and Their Values by David Sear.
SH90818. Silver stater, cf. SGCV I 1669; BMC Thrace p. 25, 6 ff., aVF, weight 4.906 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse facing male heads, left inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, control letter or monogram below (off flan); ex CNG auction 324, part of lot 670; SOLD


Istros, Thrace, 400 - 350 B.C.

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The obverse type has been variously interpreted as representing the Dioscuri, the rising and setting sun, and the two branches of the river Danube. - Greek Coins and Their Values by David Sear.
GS33770. Silver stater, BMC Thrace p. 25, 2; SGCV I 1669, gVF, weight 5.096 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse facing male heads, left inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, A below; obverse slightly off-center, toned, nice style; SOLD




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REFERENCES

Lindgren, H. C. Lindgren III: Ancient Greek Bronze Coins from the Lindgren Collection. (1993).
Pick, B. Die antiken Münzen von Dacien und Moesien, Die antiken Münzen Nord-Griechenlands Vol. I/I. (Berlin, 1898).
Poole, R.S. ed. A Catalog of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Thrace, etc. (London, 1877).
Sear, D. Greek Coins and Their Values, Volume 1: Europe. (London, 1978).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Belgium, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, La Collection de Bronzes Grecs de Marc Bar. (Brussels, 2007).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Vol. 2: Macedonia and Thrace. (West Milford, NJ, 1982).
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).
Varbanov, I. Greek Imperial Coins And Their Values, Vol. II: Thrace (Abdera to Pautalia). (Bourgas, Bulgaria, 2005).

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