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Mesembria, Thrace, silver diobol, Black Sea Hoard - Some die links
Obv: Crested Corinthian helmet facing
Rev: META between four spokes of wheel
Ref: Sear 1673

This montage shows some of the die linkages seen within the hoard. The IAPN did not perform an exhaustive die analysis but simply selected 10 different examples from the coins represented in the hoard. This illustrates the die linkages seen between the coins from this small sample.

The now infamous "Black Sea Hoard". At the time of printing the BOC considered these to be ancient imitations. Current thinking based on more recent evidence is that they are of modern Bulgarian manufacture.

They differ in style from real examples and whilst there are numerous die matches between the coins in the hoard, there are no die matched with known examples from outside the hoard. Subsequent "hoards", loosely called the "New York Hoard" and others, have also come to light in more recent times. The existence of so many (there are many thousands of them) diobols from Apollonia Pontica and Mesembria that have been placed into the market makes purchasing original examples relatively challenging and the area of collecting these types should be made with some caution.

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 15, No. 1 in 1990
Image used with permission of IAPN

Mesembria, Thrace, silver diobol, Black Sea Hoard - Some die links

Obv: Crested Corinthian helmet facing
Rev: META between four spokes of wheel
Ref: Sear 1673

This montage shows some of the die linkages seen within the hoard. The IAPN did not perform an exhaustive die analysis but simply selected 10 different examples from the coins represented in the hoard. This illustrates the die linkages seen between the coins from this small sample.

The now infamous "Black Sea Hoard". At the time of printing the BOC considered these to be ancient imitations. Current thinking based on more recent evidence is that they are of modern Bulgarian manufacture.

They differ in style from real examples and whilst there are numerous die matches between the coins in the hoard, there are no die matched with known examples from outside the hoard. Subsequent "hoards", loosely called the "New York Hoard" and others, have also come to light in more recent times. The existence of so many (there are many thousands of them) diobols from Apollonia Pontica and Mesembria that have been placed into the market makes purchasing original examples relatively challenging and the area of collecting these types should be made with some caution.

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 15, No. 1 in 1990
Image used with permission of IAPN

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