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Kingdom of Thrace, Rhoemetalces I, c. 11 B.C. - 12 A.D., Augustus Reverse
When the Cotys VII, King of Thrace, died about 48 B.C. Rhoemetalces I became the guardian of his nephew Rhescuporis I, his brother's young son and heir. In 13 B.C., Rhescuporis I was defeated and slain in battle by Vologases, chief of the Thracian Bessi, who was leading a revolt against Rome. As Rhescuporis I had left no heir, Rhoemetalces became king. An ally of Augustus, the Roman Historian Tacitus described Rhoemetalces as attractive and civilized. After his death, Augustus divided his realm, half for his son Cotys VIII and the other half for Rhoemetalces' brother Rhescuporis II. Tacitus states that Cotys received the cultivated parts, most towns and most Greek cities of Thrace, while Rhescuporis received the wild and savage portion with enemies on its frontier.GB110716. Bronze AE 23, Youroukova 204; RPC I 1711; SNG Cop 1188; SNG Tübingen 972; BMC Thrace p. 209, 4; Weber 2743, VF, green patina, porosity, weight 9.792 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ POIMHTAΛKOY, jugate heads of Rhoemetalces I, diademed, and Queen Pythodoris right; reverse KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, bare head of Augustus right; $90.00 SALE PRICE $72.00
Scythian Kingdom of Thrace, Sparadokos, c. 464 - 435 B.C.
The Sophia specimen referenced by Youroukova is the only other example of this variant known to Forum. The usual type, which is not rare, has the horse forepart left; see Topalov 63; Peter p.63, fig 2; SNG Stancomb 287; SNG Cop 1067; SNG Tübingen 951.SH68734. Silver diobol, Youroukova 23 (= Sophia 4545), otherwise apparently unpublished and 2nd known with horse forepart right, VF, weight 1.163 g, maximum diameter 10.3 mm, die axis 45o, c. 464 - 435 B.C.; obverse ΣΠA, forepart of galloping horse left., large dot border; reverse eagle facing, wings spread, head right, snake in beak, within shallow incuse square; extremely rare variant; SOLD
Kings of Thrace, Thracian Kainoi, Mostis, c. 126 - 86 B.C.
Mostis, reigned c. 126 - 86 B.C., was king of the Thracian Kainoi (Caeni) tribe in South East Thrace to Strandzha mountain, territory in Bulgaria and Turkey today. He king is best known from his coinage, which includes bronze coins and rare tetradrachms.GB77206. Bronze AE 20, SNG BM 311 - 312, Youroukova 134, SNG Stancomb -, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, VF, green patina, some light corrosion, weight 4.750 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, c. 126 - 86 B.C.; obverse jugate heads of Zeus and Hera right; countermark: monogram; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ / MOΣTIΔOΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, monogram above right; very rare; SOLD
Kings of Thrace, Dynast Skostokos, c. 281 - 245 B.C., In the Name of Lysimachos, Portrait of Alexander the Great
According to Youroukova and Mørkholm, Skostokos was a Thracian dynast who proclaimed himself an independent ruler in the unsettled period following Lysimachos' death. Based on the herm control symbol, scholars generally believe that his territory was in south-eastern Thrace near Sestos. Youroukova believes the bronze coinage may have been struck earlier, but the silver was struck during the brief period 281 - 279 B.C. Youroukova and Mørkholm both identify the likely mint for his silver coinage as Ainos, where Skostokos tetradrachm finds have been reported. Youroukova notes there was a Skostokos contemporary with Philip II, so some scholars refer to this ruler as Skostokos II.SH79680. Silver drachm, apparently unpublished; cf. Fischer-Bossert Skostokos pl. III, 2 - 3 (tetradrachms), Youroukova -, Thompson -, Müller -, SNG Cop -, VF, superb portrait of Alexander, toned, well centered, some light marks and porosity, weight 3.314 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 90o, Thrace, Ainos(?) mint, c. 281 - 279 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse Athena enthroned left, Nike standing left crowning name in her right hand, resting left arm on round shield behind, transverse spear against right side, herm facing inner left, BAΣIΛΕΩΣ downward on right, ΛYΣIMAXOY downward on left; ex Rauch e-auction 17 (10 July 2015), lot 52; this is the only example of this Skostokos drachm type known to Forum; unique(?); SOLD
Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great
Thompson notes that Lampsacus was Lysimachos largest mint in Asia Minor, with approximately 150 known obverse dies. Output from Lampsacus declined when Amphipolis began its extensive coinage c. 288 B.C.SH24648. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson 47, Müller 401, superb EF, fabulous style and high relief portrait, weight 16.854 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 0o, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, 286 - 281 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse Athena Nikephoros enthroned left, Nike crowning name in extended right hand, left arm rests on grounded round shield decorated with Gorgoneion, transverse spear against right side, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (king) downward on right, ΛYΣIMAXOY (Lysimachos) downward on left, HP monogram inner left, crescent in exergue; SOLD
Magnesia ad Maeandrum, Ionia, c. 155 - 145 B.C.
The magistrate's name is written ΕYΦΗΜOΣ ΠAYΣANIOY, with the last name in genitive, which means Euphemos was the son of Pausanios.SH35578. Silver stephanophoric tetradrachm, BMC Ionia p. 162, 36; SNGvA 2042, SNG Cop -, superb EF, weight 16.836 g, maximum diameter 34.2 mm, die axis 0o, Magnesia ad Maeandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, c. 160 - 150 B.C.; obverse bust of Artemis the Hunter wearing stephane, bow and quiver at shoulder; reverse MAΓNHTΩN / EYΦHMOΣ / ΠAYΣANIOY, Apollo naked standing half left, left arm resting on tripod, filleted branch in right hand, Maeander pattern below, magistrate's name with patronymic left, all within laurel wreath; luster, golden toning, wonderful style, beautiful!, ex CNG; SOLD
Byzantion, Thrace, 2nd - 1st Century B.C., Restoration of Lysimachos' Type, Portrait of Alexander the Great
SH58093. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 1140, Choice EF, weight 16.635 g, maximum diameter 33.0 mm, die axis 0o, Byzantium (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 250 - 100 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great right, wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena enthroned left, rests arm on shield, transverse spear against right side, holds Nike crowning name in right, herm facing inner left, BY on throne, trident in exergue; uncleaned with hoard patina!; SOLD
Thracian Kings, Kavaros, c. 230 - 218 B.C.
Kavaros was a Gallic King of Thrace, the last Gaul to rule Thrace and the only Gallic king in Thrace to strike coins. GB96852. Bronze AE 20, SNG Cop 1176, SNG Black Sear 194 - 195 var. (monogram different), SNG Stancomb 304 var. (same), BMC Thrace p. 207, 1 var. (same), HGC 3.2 1357 (S), aVF, bumps and marks, reverse off center, obverse edge beveled, weight 5.735 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Kabyle (Kabile, Bulgaria) mint, c. 240/230 - 218/213 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse Nike standing left, crowning name wreath in right hand, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (king) downward on right KAYAPOY downward on left, KTI monogram inner left; ex Trusted Coins; scarce; SOLD
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