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Abdera, Thrace

Abdera, on the southern coast of Thrace, not far from the mouth of the river Nestus, was originally a Clazomenian colony founded in the seventh century B.C. This first venture did not prove a success, but in 544 B.C. the site was reoccupied by the larger portion of the population of Teos, who preferred to leave their native land rather than submit to the Persian conqueror (Herod. i. 168). Abdera rose to be a place of considerable importance and wealth. The griffin as a coin-type at Abdera is clearly copied from that on the coins of the mother-city Teos. It may be borrowed from the cultus of the Hyperborean Apollo. The magistrates whose names occur on the coins of this town were probably members of the governing body, commissioned to superintend the coinage of the state, and not mere monetary magistrates.

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Abdera, Thrace

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RPC III notes Abdera issued this denomination in two variants, one with laureate heads right and this type with laureate, draped and cuirassed busts right, seen from behind. The laureate head type reverse portrait is older and has been identified as possibly as the deified Nerva or Trajan Pater. The portrait on this type is younger and also appears on coinage of Hadrian. RPC III notes that long ago Pellerin (Mélanges II, Paris, 1756, p. 85) proposed identification of the portrait as Timesios of Clazomenae, the founder of Abdera.
RP89295. Bronze AE 19, RPC III 673 (9 spec.), SNG Cop 387, AMNG II 249, Chryssanthaki-Nagle 897 - 900, VF, dark green, slightly porous patina, weight 6.306 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Abdera mint, 25 Jan 98 - 8/9 Aug 117 A.D.; obverse AYTO TPAIANW KAICAPI CEBACTW, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Trajan right, seen from behind; reverse ΓEP ∆AKI AB∆HPEITAI, Laureate, draped and cuirassed male bust (Timesios of Clazomenae, the founder of Abdera?) right, seen from behind; ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 35 (6 Sep 2015), lot 368; very rare; $180.00 (€153.00)

Abdera, Thrace, c. 300 - 250 B.C.

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Missing from most references and major collections.
BB60118. Bronze AE 16, CNT_6605, AMNG II-1 p. 100, 184 & pl. 3, 24; Chryssanthaki-Nagle p. 240, 318e; SNG Cop -; SNG Evelpidis -; BMC Thrace -; Weber -; Lindgren -, F, brown tone, tight flan, slightly rough, weight 5.000 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 180o, Abdera mint, c. 300 - 250 B.C.; obverse AB-∆/HPITΩN (ending in exergue), Griffin leaping left, forepart and forpaws raised, feathered wings, tail curling and closed beak, NI (magistrate monogram?) behind; reverse EΠI HE-PO∆OTOY (proconsul Herodotos), beardless male head right; very rare; $70.00 (€59.50)

Abdera, Thrace, c. 365 - 346 B.C.

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Abdera was sacked by Philip II of Macedon in 350 B.C. and was absorbed in to Philip's empire. According to May, Philip closed the mint in 346 B.C. The city was later sacked and controlled by Lysimachos of Thrace, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, and again the Macedonians. In 170 B.C., the Roman armies and those of Eumenes II of Pergamon besieged and sacked it.
SH26433. Silver tetradrachm, May Abdera 543, SNG Cop 355, nice VF, weight 10.205 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 180o, obverse AB∆H/PITEΩN, griffin reclining left; reverse EΠI IΠΠΩ−NAKTOΣ, diademed head of Apollo right, scallop shell below; scarce; SOLD



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