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Greek Coins from Other Moesia, Thrace, and Black Sea Cities
Ainos, Thrace, c. 440 - 412 B.C.
Aenus, Enez, Turkey today, was on the southeastern coast of Thrace, near the mouth of the Hebrus River, not far from the Melas Gulf (modern Gulf of Saros), which is formed by the Thracian Chersonesus to the east. The city was said to be founded (or at least settled) by Aeolian migrants from Lesbos. Its mythical and eponymous founder was said to be Aeneus, a son of the god Apollo and father of Cyzicus. Another mythical ruler, named Poltys, son of Poseidon, entertained Heracles when he came to Aenus. In the Iliad, Homer mentions that the leaders of Troy's Thracian allies, Acamas and Peiros, came from Aenus.GS87868. Silver diobol, May Ainos 176 ff., AMNG II 303, SNG Cop 405, SNG Lockett 1164, Pozzi 1033, McClean 3892, VF, toned, well centered on a tight flan, porous, weight 1.133 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, die axis 90o, Ainos (Enez, Turkey) mint, c. 440 - 412 B.C.; obversehead of Hermes right, wearing petasos; reverse AIN, goat standing to right, coiled snake (control symbol) lower right, all withing incuse square; ex Pegasi Numismatics, ex Beast Coins; scarce; $260.00 (€221.00)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C.
Most finds of this type are from Bulgaria, suggesting a mint in Thrace. This type is found both with and without central depressions, indicating it was struck both before and after the coinage reform of 265 B.C., after which central depressions (dimples) became a feature of Ptolemaic coinage. This example is pre-reform. GP86417. Bronze AE 17, Svoronos 351, SNG Cop 100, Lorber CPE B310 var. (post reform), SNG Milan -, Weiser -, Noeske -, BMC Ptolemies -, Malter -, aVF, obv. die break from nose to edge, rev.well centered on a tight flan, bumps, marks, corrosion, without central cavities, weight 5.472 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 270o, uncertain (Thracian?) mint, pre-reform, 285 - 265 B.C.; obverse veiled and diademed bust of Arsinoe II right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), eagle standing left on fulmen (thunderbolt), head left, wings open, ∆I over (AX monogram) left; see CNG e-auction 92 (23 Jun 2004), lot 64, for another specimen with the same obverse die break; rare; $180.00 (€153.00)
Aigospotamoi, Thrace, Late 4th Century B.C.
Aigospotamoi was the location of the Athenian naval defeat by Sparta under Lysander at the end of the Peloponnesian War. According to ancient sources including Pliny the Elder and Aristotle, in 467 B.C. a large meteorite landed near Aegospotami. It was described as brown in color and the size of a wagon load; it was a local landmark for more than 500 years. A comet, tentatively identified as Halley's Comet, was reported at the time the meteorite landed. This is possibly the first European record of Halley's comet. GB88314. Bronze AE 21, SNG Cop 850; SNG Dreer 117; BMC Thrace p. 187, 2; Weber 2439; Winterthur 1145; HGC 3.2 1260 (S), aVF, bumps and marks, corrosion, weight 8.130 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Aigospotamoi mint, late 4th century B.C.; obversehead of Hera left, laureate polos; reverse goat standing left, AIΓOΣ/ΠO above and ending downward on right, no control below; ex Frascatius Ancient Coins; rare; $170.00 (€144.50)
Handbook of Coins of Macedon and Its Neighbors, Volume 3, Part II
Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.. Part II Thrace, Skythia, and Taurike, sixth to first centuries BC. With a series preface by D. Scott Van Horn and Bradley R. Nelson.BK17140. Handbook of Coins of Macedon and Its Neighbors, Volume 3, Part II, by Oliver D. Hoover, hardcover, new in wrapper, lxxii and 338 pages, 2 maps, international shipping at the actual cost of postage; $65.00 (€55.25)
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