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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. 280 - 255 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.
GS86906. Silver drachm, Dima subgroup VI, 1, pl. XIX, 2 (same obv. die); AMNG I/I 425; SNG Stancomb 148; SNG BM 256 var. (right head inverted); SNG Cop -; BMC Thrace -, VF, toned, flan flaws, flan cracks, weight 4.652 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 90o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, c. 280 - 256/255 B.C.; obverse two facing male heads, left head inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle grasping a dolphin with talons, ΦY (control) below dolphin; $270.00 (229.50)


Istros, Thrace, c. 280 - 255 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.
SH27178. Silver drachm, Dima subgroup VII, 6, pl. XXI, 6 (S, this coin); AMNG I/I 439; SNG BM -; SNG Stancomb -; SNG Cop -; BMC Thrace -, gVF, superb style, weight 4.600 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, c. 280 - 256/255 B.C.; obverse two facing male heads, left head inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle right, grasping a dolphin right with talons, ∆I I (control) below; this is the Dima plate coin (pl. XXI, 6); scarce; SOLD


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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