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Kingdoms of Thrace

Kings of Thrace, Thracian Kainoi, Mostis, c. 126 - 86 B.C.

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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 / MOΣTI∆OΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, monogram above right; very rare; $320.00 (€272.00)
 


Thracians, Odrysian Kingdom, Early 5th - Middle 4th Century B.C.

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A Gorgoneion was a horror-creating apotropaic Gorgon head pendant. The name derives from the Greek word gorgós, which means "dreadful." The Gorgons were three sisters who had hair of living, venomous snakes, and a horrifying face that turned those who saw it to stone. Stheno and Euryale were immortal, but their sister Medusa was not, and was slain by Perseus. Zeus, Athena, Hellenistic kings and Roman emperors wore Gorgoneion for protection. Images of the Gorgons were also put upon objects and buildings for protection. A Gorgon image is at the center of the pediment of the temple at Corfu, the oldest stone pediment in Greece from about 600 B.C.
GA47658. Silver hemidrachm, Topalov Thrace p. 230, 55, aF, crude, worn dies, weight 2.761 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, Thracian, Greek city or tribal mint, early 5th - middle 4th century B.C.; obverse facing head of Medusa (gorgoneion); reverse incuse square containing angles in each corner forming a cruciform pattern, with pellet in center; ex Alex G. Malloy; $45.00 (€38.25)
 


Scythian Kingdom of Thrace, Sparadokos, c. 464 - 435 B.C.

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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 Silver diobol, Youroukova 23 (= Sophia 4545), otherwise apparently unpublished and 2nd known with horse forepart right, VF, weight 1.163 g, maximum diameter 10.3 mm, die axis 45o, c. 464 - 435 B.C.; obverse ΣΠA, forepart of galloping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







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