Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Monetary circulation in Istros during the first half of the 3rd century BC

Sep 14, 2022, 9:20 AM
Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

oral presentation S09. GREECE 9. THRACE


Steluța Marin (The Bucharest Municipality Museum)


The colonies located on the north-western shore of the Black Sea during the 3rd century BC were under the rule of the Thracian king Lysimachos. Their rebellion against Lysimachos led by the colony of Kallatis caused a conflict which continued over several decades, and directly influenced their development, the monetary circulation and their relationships. The aim of this paper is to trace some features of the coin circulation in the local market of Istros following the death of Lysimachos, which included silver drachms of Istros, bronze coins of Macedonian kings Philip II and Alexander the Great, countermarked bronze coins of Lysimachos and bronze coins of Apollo and Demeter types minted by Istros. The presence of some countermarks, both on the coins of Lysimachos and on the bronzes of Istros enables the dating of some monetary issues, and sheds light on the relationships between the Greek colonies in that period.

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Steluța Marin (The Bucharest Municipality Museum)

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