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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Thrace & Moesia| > |Byzantion| > GS95924
Byzantion, Thrace, 387 - 340 B.C.
|Byzantion|, |Byzantion,| |Thrace,| |387| |-| |340| |B.C.|, Byzantion was founded by Greek colonists from Megara in 657 B.C. The city was rebuilt as the new capital of the Roman Empire by Constantine I in 330 A.D. and renamed Constantinople. It became the capital of the Ottoman Empire when it was conquered in 1453. Today it is Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, and the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart.
GS95924. Silver hemidrachm, cf. Schönert-Geiss Byzantion 773 ff.; SNG BM 17; SNG Cop 484; BMC Thrace p. 94, 22, F, toned, tight flan, edge split, perhaps overstruck, Byzantion (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 1.967g, maximum diameter 11.6mm, die axis 270o, 387 - 340 B.C.; obverse forepart of cow standing left on dolphin left, right foreleg raised, BY above (the first letter is an archaic form of "B" used at Byzantium), monogram under foreleg; reverse ornamented trident head; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD










REFERENCES|

Molinari, N.J. & N. Sisci. Potamikon: Sinews of Acheloios. A Comprehensive Catalog of the Bronze Coinage of the Man-Faced Bull, With Essays on Origin and Identity. (Oxford, 2016).

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