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Byzantion, Thrace

Byzantion was founded by Greek colonists from Megara in 657 B.C. In 340 B.C., the Byzantines, with the aid of the Athenians, successfully withstood a siege by Philip of Macedon. They were, however, forced to recognize Macedonian suzerainty after surrendering without a fight to Alexander the Great in 334 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.

Byzantion, Thrace, 387 - 340 B.C.

|Byzantion|, |Byzantion,| |Thrace,| |387| |-| |340| |B.C.||hemidrachm|NEW
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, weight 1.967 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, die axis 270o, Byzantion (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 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; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00
 


Byzantion, Thrace, c. 340 - 320 B.C.

|Byzantion|, |Byzantion,| |Thrace,| |c.| |340| |-| |320| |B.C.||hemidrachm|NEW
In 340 B.C., the Byzantines, with the aid of the Athenians, successfully withstood a siege by Philip of Macedon. They were, however, forced to recognize Macedonian suzerainty after surrendering without a fight to Alexander the Great in 334 B.C.
GS95925. Silver hemidrachm, Schönert-Geiss 236 ff.; SNG Cop 479; SNG Stancomb 2; SNG BM 36; Dewing 1282; HGC 3.2 1390; BMC Thrace p. 93, 1 ff., F, toned, well obverse well centered, reverse off center, weight 2.003 g, maximum diameter 13.8 mm, Byzantion (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 340 - 320 B.C.; obverse cow walking left, BY (archaic form of B similar to Π or Γ) dolphin left below; reverse quadripartite mill-sail stippled incuse punch; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00
 


Byzantion, Thrace, c. 340 - 320 B.C.

|Byzantion|, |Byzantion,| |Thrace,| |c.| |340| |-| |320| |B.C.||siglos| |or| |drachm|NEW
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, weight 5.271 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, Byzantion (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 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; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00
 










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