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Istros, Thrace

Istros was probably the first Greek colony on the Black Sea, and was founded in 657 - 656 B.C. or sometime between 630 and 620 B.C. by Milesian settlers in a strategic position near the Danube Delta. The first monetary emissions consisted of cast arrow-heads, later marked with a wheel or inscribed IST. Proper coins were minted from the 5th century: attic standard didrachms with an incuse square reverse and cast small bronzes marked with a wheel. Later the staters suffered several weight reductions, and the incuse technique was discontinued. In parallel, Istros minted silver fractions, and after the silver issues were halted in the Lysimachos era, the city struck gold staters. Later, the city issued autonomous bronze coinage and Roman Provincial coinage.


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

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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

GS92970. Silver stater, Dima subgroup IV, 4, pl. XI, 5 ff.; AMNG I 417; SNG Stancomb 147; SNG BM 247; BMC Thrace p. 25, 6, VF, attractive style, light iridescent toning, flow lines, light bumps and marks, small scrape on rev., rev. slightly off center, weight 5.469 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, c. 313 - 280 B.C.; obverse two facing male heads, left head inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle left grasping a dolphin left with talons, no pellets below eagle, AΓ (control) monogram below dolphin; $270.00 (€237.60)
 


Istros, Thrace, c. 311 - 240 B.C.

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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
MA93725. Silver 1/4 drachm, cf. SNG BM 258; BMC Thrace p. 26, 13; AMNG I 446.3; SNG Stancomb 143, F, well centered, light toning, light marks, light surface etching, weight 0.8657 g, maximum diameter 11.0 mm, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, c. 311 - 240 B.C.; obverse two facing male heads, right head inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle left grasping a dolphin left with talons; $145.00 (€127.60)


Istros, Thrace, c. 280 - 255 B.C.

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The A below dolphin control symbol was also used on Dima subgroup VIII, 2. The later style is quite different. On this earlier issue, the left head is always inverted. On the later issue, the right head is usually inverted.
GS38105. Silver drachm, Dima subgroup V, 3, pl. VIII, 5; SNG BM 240; AMNG I 416 var. (right head inverted); BMC Thrace p. 25, 2 var. (same), EF, weight 5.450 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, c. 280 - 256/255 B.C.; obverse two facing male heads, left head inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle left grasping a dolphin left with talons, A (control) below dolphin; SOLD










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Corpus Nummorum Thracorum - http://www.corpus-nummorum.eu/
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Poole, R.S. ed. A Catalog of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Thrace, etc. (London, 1877).
Sear, D. Greek Coins and Their Values, Volume 1: Europe. (London, 1978).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Belgium, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, La Collection de Bronzes Grecs de Marc Bar. (Brussels, 2007).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Vol. 2: Macedonia and Thrace. (West Milford, NJ, 1982).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain VII, Manchester University Museum. (London, 1986).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain IX, British Museum, Part 1: The Black Sea. (London, 1993).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain XI, The William Stancomb Collection of Coins of the Black Sea Region. (Oxford, 2000).
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