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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Thrace & Moesia| > |Byzantion| > GA97276
Byzantion, Thrace, c. 340 - 320 B.C.
|Byzantion|, |Byzantion,| |Thrace,| |c.| |340| |-| |320| |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.
GA97276. Silver siglos or drachm, Persic standard; Schönert-Geiss Byzantion 1 ff.; SNG Black Sea 21 ff.; SNG Cop 475 ff.; BMC Thrace p. 93, 1 ff.; HGC 3.2 1389; SNG Stancomb -, VF, lightly toned, bankers' marks on reveres, tight flan, scrapes on obverse, small edge split, tiny test cut, Byzantion (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 5.271g, maximum diameter 16.3mm, c. 340 - 320 B.C.; obverse cow standing left on dolphin left, BY above (the first letter is an archaic Greek form of "B" used at Byzantium); reverse square four part stippled mill-sail pattern; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 86 (20 Feb 2020), lot 61; 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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