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

The Demeter Coinages of Byzantium and Chalcedon

Sep 14, 2022, 9:00 AM
Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

on-line oral presentation S09. GREECE 9. THRACE


Constantin Marinescu (Independent Researcher)


This paper explores the dual coinage struck by Byzantium and Chalcedon featuring the head of Demeter on the obverse and a local deity on the reverse. Previously these two coinages were seen as a type of short-lived emergency measure intended to raise funds for Byzantium during the third quarter of the 3rd century BC. However, using a revised and updated die study of Byzantium's “Demeters” based on the work of Schoenert-Geiss and a never before completed study of Chalcedon's “Demeters”, I intend to show that these parallel series continued in circulation for an extended period of time. Furthermore, although struck on a different weight standard, sometimes called "Phoenician", the “Demeters” were minted alongside the Attic-weight Lysimachi coinages of both cities. This provides further proof that Byzantium and Chalcedon carefully orchestrated their coinages and employed different types of coins to fulfil diverse needs.

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Constantin Marinescu (Independent Researcher)

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