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Deultum, Thrace

The Roman Colony of Deultum (Debelt, Bulgaria today) was founded during the reign of Vespasian on the west shore of Lake Mandren between Anchialus and Apollonia, and settled with veterans of Legio VIII Augusta. The town followed the usual Roman plan, with a very good water supply, sewers, and impressive baths with floor heating. It became one of the richest towns in the province. During the reign Mark Aurelius, Deultum was protected by large fortified walls and for centuries it served as an important communication point and a bulwark against barbarian raids. In 812 Khan Krum conquered Develt (its medieval name), banished the local residents to the north of Danube River, and resettled the town with Bulgarians.


Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D., Deultum, Thrace

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Andromeda was the daughter of Cepheus, an Aethiopian king, and Cassiopeia. When Cassiopeia's boasted that Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids, Poseidon sent a sea monster (Cetus Aethiopicus) to ravage Aethiopia as divine punishment. Andromeda was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to sate the monster, but she was saved by Perseus. Later Andromeda and Perseus were married.
SH71489. Brass AE 24, Draganov Deultum 119 (O19/R587), SNG Bobokov 119, Varbanov II 2129 (R5), Jurukova Deultum 61, BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, F, small flan, scratches and scrapes, weight 9.854 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 225o, Deultum (Debelt, Bulgaria) mint, 11 Apr 217 - 8 Jun 218 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AV, radiate and cuirassed bust right, from front; reverse COL FL PAC DEVLT, Perseus (on right) standing left, helping Andromeda (on left) come down from a rock after saving her, Medusa's head and harpa in his left hand, his right foot on the sea monster, Cetus Aethiopicus, turned to stone; very rare; SOLD


Philip II, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D., Deultum, Thrace

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We know of only one other example of this type, which is from the same dies and was discussed on Forum's Classical Numismatics Discussion Board.
RP68777. Bronze AE 25, Unpublished, 2nd known to Forum; Draganov Deultum -, see p. 90, obv 169 (same obverse die); SNG Deultum -; Varbanov II -; Jurukova Deultum -, gVF, uneven strike, weight 7.895 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 45o, Deultum (Debelt, Bulgaria) mint, obverse M IVL PHILIPPVS CAES, radiate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse COL - F - L PA-C DE/VLT, three-quarter view of tetrastyle temple, acroteria and antefixes along roof lines, god or goddess stands in the portico (perhaps Tyche, wearing kalathos, phiale in right, cornucopia in left); extremely rare; SOLD


Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D., Deultum, Thrace

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Colonia Flavia Pacensis (or Pacifica) Deultum was founded by Vespasian. The colony assumed his family name, Flavia, and on account of Vespasian's devotion to the goddess of Peace (to whom he built a temple at Rome); it was called Pacensis (or Pacifica).
RP77123. Bronze AE 22, SNG Deultum 1746-1749 (same dies); Jurukova Deultum 454, Varbanov II 3023(?); BMC Thrace -, gVF, nice patina, nice style, reverse die wear and crack, weight 6.695 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, Deultum (Debelt, Bulgaria) mint, Feb 244 - End Sep 249 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind, centration dimple; reverse CO-L FL PAC DEV,LT (LT in exergue), prow of galley left on waves, ram's head on point of ram, octopus and dolphin swimming left beside hull above waves; Pecunem Gitbud & Naumann auction 31 (3 May 2015), lot 313; rare; SOLD







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REFERENCES

Corpus Nummorum Thracorum - http://www.corpus-nummorum.eu/
Draganov, D. The Coinage of Deultum. (Sofia, 2007).
Jurukova, J. Die Mnzprgung von Deultum. Griechisches Mnzwerk, Schriften zur Geschichte und Kultur der Antike 8. (Berlin, 1973).
Lindgren, H. Ancient Greek Bronze Coins: European Mints from the Lindgren Collection. (San Mateo, 1989).
Lindgren, H. Lindgren III: Ancient Greek Bronze Coins from the Lindgren Collection. (Quarryville, 1993).
Moushmov, N. Ancient Coins of the Balkan Peninsula. (1912).
Poole, R.S. ed. A Catalog of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Thrace, etc. (London, 1877).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Bulgaria I, The Bobokov Bros. Collection, Vol. I, Thrace & Moesia Inferior, Part 1: Deultum. (Bulgaria, 2005).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Vol. 2: Macedonia and Thrace. (West Milford, NJ, 1982).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain XII, The Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, Part 1: Roman Provincial Coins: Spain-Kingdoms of Asia Minor. (Oxford, 2004).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Grce, Collection Rna H. Evelpidis, Part 1: Italie. Sicile-Thrace. (Athens, 1970).
Varbanov, I. Greek Imperial Coins And Their Values, Vol. II: Thrace (from Abdera to Pautalia). (Bourgas, Bulgaria, 2005).

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