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Mesembria, Thrace, 1st Century B.C.
Mesembria, Nesebar Bulgaria today, was a Doric settlement on a Black Sea island just off mainland Thrace. Thrace was invaded by the Galatians in 279 B.C. Only the wealthy coastal cities, including Mesembria, withstood their attacks. Following that chaos, rule of Thrace was divided between many tribes. Philip V, 221 - 179 B.C., tried to regain control of the area for the Macedonian Kingdom, but his success was limited and short lived. Mesembria was taken by Mithradates VI in the First Mithradatic War and surrendered to Rome in 71 B.C. The city struck Alexandrine tetradrachms as early as 275 B.C., more than 50 years after Alexander's death, and probably issued the very last Alexandrine tetradrachms struck anywhere, possibly under Roman rule as late as 65 B.C.
GB87869. Bronze AE 20, Karayotov II p. 390, 15 (O6/R11), SNG Stancomb 244 var. (∆IO below grapes), BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, SNG BM -, VF, dark patina, scratches, marks, tight flan, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, weight 6.463g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 180o
, late 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath; reverse bunch of grapes, MEΣAM/BPIANΩN in flanking downward lines starting on the right, ∆ upper inner right; ex Beast Coins; rare
Catalog current as of Sunday, August 18, 2019.
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