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Abdera, Thrace

Abdera, on the southern coast of Thrace, not far from the mouth of the river Nestus, was originally a Clazomenian colony founded in the seventh century B.C. This first venture did not prove a success, but in 544 B.C. the site was reoccupied by the larger portion of the population of Teos, who preferred to leave their native land rather than submit to the Persian conqueror (Herod. i. 168). Abdera rose to be a place of considerable importance and wealth. The griffin as a coin-type at Abdera is clearly copied from that on the coins of the mother-city Teos. It may be borrowed from the cultus of the Hyperborean Apollo. The magistrates whose names occur on the coins of this town were probably members of the governing body, commissioned to superintend the coinage of the state, and not mere monetary magistrates.

Abdera, Thrace, c. 411 - 360 B.C.

|Abdera|, |Abdera,| |Thrace,| |c.| |411| |-| |360| |B.C.||diobol|NEW
Abdera was sacked by Philip II of Macedon in 350 B.C. and was absorbed in to Philip's empire. According to May, Philip closed the mint in 346 B.C. The city was later sacked and controlled by Lysimachos of Thrace, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, and again the Macedonians. In 170 B.C., the Roman armies and those of Eumenes II of Pergamon besieged and sacked it.
GA90237. Silver diobol, May Abdera 303 (A221/P257); BMC Thrace p. 231, 52a (same dies); Jameson Ib 1044 (same dies); SNG Cop 348; Weber 2387; HGC 3 -, F, toned, scratches, tight flan, weight 1.176 g, maximum diameter 11.0 mm, die axis 0o, Abdera mint, c. 411 - 360 B.C.; obverse griffin springing left, both forelegs raised, wings open, tail curled; reverse ram head left, KΛE/AN ([magistrate] Klean[tides], ) in two lines, the first three letters above left and and the last two letters, inverted, below left, all within a shallow incuse square; $75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50 ON RESERVE


Abdera, Thrace, c. 365 - 346 B.C.

|Abdera|, |Abdera,| |Thrace,| |c.| |365| |-| |346| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
Abdera was sacked by Philip II of Macedon in 350 B.C. and was absorbed in to Philip's empire. According to May, Philip closed the mint in 346 B.C. The city was later sacked and controlled by Lysimachos of Thrace, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, and again the Macedonians. In 170 B.C., the Roman armies and those of Eumenes II of Pergamon besieged and sacked it.
SH26433. Silver tetradrachm, May Abdera 543, SNG Cop 355, nice VF, weight 10.205 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 180o, obverse AB∆H/PITEΩN, griffin reclining left; reverse EΠI IΠΠΩ−NAKTOΣ, diademed head of Apollo right, scallop shell below; scarce; SOLD


Abdera, Thrace, c. 365 - 346 B.C.

|Abdera|, |Abdera,| |Thrace,| |c.| |365| |-| |346| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
Abdera was sacked by Philip II of Macedon in 350 B.C. and was absorbed in to Philip's empire. According to May, Philip closed the mint in 346 B.C. The city was later sacked and controlled by Lysimachos of Thrace, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, and again the Macedonians. In 170 B.C., the Roman armies and those of Eumenes II of Pergamon besieged and sacked it.
SH26405. Silver tetradrachm, May Abdera 539, SNG Cop -, aVF, weight 10.044 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 270o, obverse AB∆H/PITEΩN, griffin reclining right; reverse EΠI ∆IO−ΦANTOY, diademed head of Apollo right; attractive; rare; SOLD










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