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Ancient Greek Coins from Thrace and Moesia
Maroneia, Thrace, c. 150 - 100 B.C.

|Maroneia|, |Maroneia,| |Thrace,| |c.| |150| |-| |100| |B.C.|, |AE| |25|
Maroneia was on the Aegean coast about midway between the mouths of the Hebrus and the Nestus rivers. The city was named after Maron, sometimes identified as a son of Dionysos, who in the Odyssey gives Odysseus the wine with which he intoxicates Polyphemos. Maroneia was famous for its wine, which was esteemed everywhere and was said to possess the odor of nectar.
MA95722. Bronze AE 25, BMC Thrace p. 130, 74; Schnert-Geiss 1434 ff.; SNG Cop 643 var. (monogram), F, green patina, porous, a few marks/scratches, weight 13.577 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 150 - 100 B.C.; obverse head of young Dionysos right, wearing band across forehead, and ivy wreath; reverse ∆IONIΣOY ΣΩTHPOΣ MAPΩNITΩN, Dionysos standing left, nude but for chlamys on left arm, bunch of grapes in right hand, two stalks of narthex in left hand, P∆Y monogram inner left; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


Istros, Thrace, c. 313 - 280 B.C.

|Istros|, |Istros,| |Thrace,| |c.| |313| |-| |280| |B.C.|, |trihemiobol|
The obverse type has been variously interpreted as representing the Dioscuri, the rising and setting sun, and the two branches of the river Danube. - Greek Coins and Their Values by David Sear.
MA95197. Silver trihemiobol, HGC 3 1807; cf. SNG Stancomb 143 (control off flan); Dima subgroup IV, 7, pl. XII, 3-4 (drachms); AMNG I/I 436 (drachm), gVF, toned, obverse off center, weight 1.395 g, maximum diameter 11.7 mm, die axis 180o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, c. 313 - 280 B.C.; obverse two facing male heads, left head inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, two pellets (controls) below eagle, ∆/I monogram (control) below dolphin; $28.53 (26.25)


Ainos, Thrace, c. 440 - 412 B.C.

|Other| |Thrace| |&| |Moesia|, |Ainos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |440| |-| |412| |B.C.|, |diobol|
Aenus, Enez, Turkey today, was on the southeastern coast of Thrace, near the mouth of the Hebrus River, not far from the Melas Gulf (modern Gulf of Saros), which is formed by the Thracian Chersonesus to the east. The city was said to be founded (or at least settled) by Aeolian migrants from Lesbos. Its mythical and eponymous founder was said to be Aeneus, a son of the god Apollo and father of Cyzicus. Another mythical ruler, named Poltys, son of Poseidon, entertained Heracles when he came to Aenus. In the Iliad, Homer mentions that the leaders of Troy's Thracian allies, Acamas and Peiros, came from Aenus.
MA95433. Silver diobol, May Ainos 176 ff., AMNG II 303, SNG Cop 405, SNG Lockett 1164, Pozzi 1033, McClean 3892, weight 1.070 g, maximum diameter 11.8 mm, die axis 180o, Ainos (Enez, Turkey) mint, c. 440 - 412 B.C.; obverse head of Hermes right, wearing petasos; reverse goat standing to right, AI above, coiled snake (control symbol) lower right, all withing incuse square; scarce; $20.55 (18.91)


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Philippopolis, Thrace

|Philippopolis|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.,| |Philippopolis,| |Thrace|, |AE| |21|
Hermes is the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology. An Olympian god, he is also the patron of boundaries and of the travelers who cross them, of shepherds and cowherds, of thieves and road travelers, of orators and wit, of literature and poets, of athletics, of weights and measures, of invention, of general commerce, and of the cunning of thieves and liars. His symbols include the tortoise, the rooster, the winged sandals, and the caduceus. The analogous Roman deity is Mercury.
MA95626. Bronze AE 21, RPC Online IV.1 T7548, Mouchmov Philip 194 ff., BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, VF, green patina, some porosity, reverse off center, weight 5.367 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Philippopolis (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AVT KAI Λ AVP-H KOMO∆OC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOΠOΛEITΩN, Hermes standing slightly left, head left, purse in right hand, chlamys and caduceus in left hand; rare; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Trajan Decius, July 249 - First Half of June 251 A.D.

|Trajan| |Decius|, |Trajan| |Decius,| |July| |249| |-| |First| |Half| |of| |June| |251| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
The Dacian Kingdom existed between 82 B.C. until the Trajan's conquest in 106 A.D. This coin commemorates Trajan Decius' recovery of Roman Dacia from rebelling Carpo-Dacians. The province was abandoned by Aurelian in 275, recovered again by Constantine the Great by 336, but abandoned again permanently soon after Constantine's death.
RB93309. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 113(b) (R); Cohen V 28, SRCV III 9400, Hunter III - (p. xcvii), VF, superb portrait, flow lines, tight squared flan cutting off parts of legends, small edge cracks, obverse porous, weight 15.669 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 250 - 251 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES C MESS Q DECIO TRAI AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse DACIA, Dacia standing half left, wearing robe reaching feet, Roman standard in right hand, S - C (senatus consulto) divided across field; from the Errett Bishop Collection; rare; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00


Ainos, Thrace, c. 427 - 407 B.C.

|Other| |Thrace| |&| |Moesia|, |Ainos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |427| |-| |407| |B.C.|, |diobol|
Aenus, Enez, Turkey today, was on the southeastern coast of Thrace, near the mouth of the Hebrus River, not far from the Melas Gulf (modern Gulf of Saros), which is formed by the Thracian Chersonesus to the east. The city was said to be founded (or at least settled) by Aeolian migrants from Lesbos. Its mythical and eponymous founder was said to be Aeneus, a son of the god Apollo and father of Cyzicus. Another mythical ruler, named Poltys, son of Poseidon, entertained Heracles when he came to Aenus. In the Iliad, Homer mentions that the leaders of Troy's Thracian allies, Acamas and Peiros, came from Aenus.
GS94118. Silver diobol, HGC 3.2 1274 (S), aF, dark tone, corrosion, edge chips, weight 0.813 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, die axis 180o, Ainos (Enez, Turkey) mint, c. 427 - 407 B.C.; obverse head of Hermes right, wearing petasos; reverse goat standing right, uncertain control symbol lower right(?), all within incuse square; scarce; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Pantikapaion, Tauric Chersonesos, c. 250 - 200 B.C.

|Pantikapaion|, |Pantikapaion,| |Tauric| |Chersonesos,| |c.| |250| |-| |200| |B.C.|, |AE| |9|
Larger denominations from Pantikapaion often feature a griffin, or the forepart of a griffin. This tiny coin has only the wing of a griffin, fitting for its small fractional denomination.
GB95380. Bronze AE 9, MacDonald 120, HGC 7 148 (R1), SNG Stancomb -, SNG BM Black Sea -, aVF, corrosion, weight 0.836 g, maximum diameter 9.1 mm, die axis 180o, Pantikapaion mint, c. 250 - 200 B.C.; obverse griffin wing; reverse tripod lebes, ΠAN downward on left; rare; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00


Pannonian Celts, Eravisci, Middle Danube, Imitative of Roman Republic, c. 74 - 40 B.C.

|Celtic| |&| |Tribal|, |Pannonian| |Celts,| |Eravisci,| |Middle| |Danube,| |Imitative| |of| |Roman| |Republic,| |c.| |74| |-| |40| |B.C.|, |imitative| |denarius|
The die wear indicates a large number of this type was struck. On some examples the reverse legend appears to match the Roman original, POSTVMI / TA (TA ligate). On this specimen and another handled by Forum, it is blundered and appears to read SIVSAV / A. The Roman Republic prototype, struck by the moneyer C. Postumius, commemorated prayers at the shrine of Diana before the Battle of Lake Regillus, when the moneyer's ancestor, A. Postumius Albus Regillensis, was a consul. The hound was the companion of Diana the Huntress. See Phil Davis' website, https://rrimitations.ancients.info/"Imitations of Roman Republican Denarii">.
SH95314. Silver imitative denarius, cf. Freeman Eraviscan 24; Davis class B, group II, E15; Chitescu 173; for Roman Republic C. Postumius prototype see Crawford 394/1, VF, although it appears worn, this coin is nearly as struck with very worn crude dies, weight 3.469 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, tribal mint, c. 74 - 40 B.C.; obverse draped bust of Diana right, bow and quiver over shoulder; reverse hound bounding right, wearing collar, hunting spear below, remnants of legend POSTVMI TA (TA ligate) in exergue; rare; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00


Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, 450 - 404 B.C.

|Apollonia| |Pontica|, |Apollonia| |Pontika,| |Thrace,| |450| |-| |404| |B.C.|, |reduced| |drachm|
Homer wrote about the Gorgon on four occasions, but only about the head, as if the creature had no body. Up to the 5th century B.C., the head depicted was very ugly, with her tongue sticking out, boar tusks, puffy cheeks, her eyeballs staring straight ahead and the snakes twisting all around her. The direct frontal stare was highly unusual in ancient Greek art. In some cases a beard, (probably representing streaks of blood) was added to her chin, making her appear as a wild. Gorgoneia painted on the shields of warriors on mid-5th century Greek vases, however, are not as ugly, strange or frightening. By that time, the Gorgon had lost her tusks and the snakes were rather stylized. The Hellenistic marble known as the Medusa Rondanini shows how the Gorgon changed over time into a beautiful woman..Medusa Rondanini
GS95326. Silver reduced drachm, SNG Stancomb 36 (same dies); Topalov Apollonia p. 586, 45; SNG Cop 457; SNG BM 160; HGC 3.2 1324, VF, toned, struck with worn obverse die, porous, weight 2.749 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 45o, Apollonia Pontica (Sozopol, Bulgaria) mint, 450 - 404 B.C.; obverse Attic style gorgoneion (facing head of Medusa), large cheeks, rows of normal human hair curls to brow, wide nose, protruding tongue, wearing taenia, snakes around; reverse reverse anchor flukes up, A left, crayfish right; ex CNG e-auction 347 (25 Mar 2015), lot 73; ex Collection of a Southern Pathologist; ex Antioch Associates (1994); $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


Thasos, Thrace, c. 525 - 480 B.C.

|Thasos|, |Thasos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |525| |-| |480| |B.C.|, |diobol|
Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
GA95322. Silver diobol, Svoronos HPM p. 96, 8 & pl. X, 20; Le Rider Thasiennes 4; HGC 6 333; Rosen 144; SNG Cop 191 ff. (Lete); BMC Macedonia p. 80, 29 ff. (same), F, lightly toned, some porosity, weight 0.79 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, Thasos mint, c. 525/510 - 480 B.C.; obverse nude satyr rushing to right in the archaic kneeling-running position, long hair, pointed beard, horse tail; reverse quadripartite incuse square; ex CNG e-auction 392 (1 Mar 2017), lot 97; ex W. H. Guertin Collection; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00











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