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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, 400 - 350 B.C.

|Istros|, |Istros,| |Thrace,| |400| |-| |350| |B.C.|, |stater|
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.
GS95390. Silver stater, AMNG I/I 439, SNG Cop 198 var. (DI only), SNG BM 251 var. (same), BMC Thrace -, VF, toned, obverse off center, scratches, weight 5.517 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse two facing male heads, left head inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle right grasping a dolphin with talons, ∆I I below; ex Forum (2013); $230.00 SALE |PRICE| $207.00 ON RESERVE


Istros, Thrace, c. 340 - 313 B.C.

|Istros|, |Istros,| |Thrace,| |c.| |340| |-| |313| |B.C.|, |drachm|
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.
MA95196. Silver drachm, Dima subgroup I, 4, pl. III, 4; AMNG I 427; SNG BM 230 - 231, SNG Stancomb -, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, aVF, bumps and marks, die wear, weight 4.701 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, c. 340/330 - 313 B.C.; obverse two facing male heads, right head inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle left grasping dolphin left with talons, Γ (control) under eagle's tail; $105.00 (96.60) ON RESERVE


Istros, Thrace, c. 340 - 313 B.C.

|Istros|, |Istros,| |Thrace,| |c.| |340| |-| |313| |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.
MA95195. Silver trihemiobol, Dima group IV, subgroup III; AMNG I 446; BMC Thrace p. 26, 13 var. (no I); HGC 3.2 1806 (S), aVF, obverse off center, die wear, edge cracks, weight 1.299 g, maximum diameter 11.9 mm, die axis 180o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, 340 - 313 B.C.; obverse two facing male heads, left head inverted; reverse IΣTPIH, sea-eagle left grasping a dolphin left with talons, I (control) under eagle; scarce; $72.83 (67.00) ON RESERVE







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Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain XI, The William Stancomb Collection of Coins of the Black Sea Region. (Oxford, 2000).
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