Coins from the Istros

Histria (Sinoe) or Istros, an ancient Greek colony on the western shore of the Black Sea (near the modern village of Istria, Romania), was probably the first Greek colony and was founded in 657 - 656 B.C. or sometime between 630 and 620 B.C. by Milesian settlers in a strategic position near the Danube Delta. The ancient Greek name for the lower section of the Danube, Europe's second longest river. In Greek mythology, one of the Potamoi (river gods), descended from the Titans Oceanus and Tethys, associated with the Istros River (modern Danube). The first monetary emissions consisted of cast arrow-heads, later marked with a wheel or inscribed ΙΣΤ. Proper coins were minted from the 5th century: attic standard didrachms with an incuse square reverse and cast small bronzes marked with a wheel. Later the staters suffered several weight reductions, and the incuse technique was discontinued. In parallel, Istros minted silver fractions, and after the silver issues were halted in the Lysimachos era, the city struck gold staters. Later, the city issued autonomous bronze coinage and Roman Provincial coinage.
Wikidata: Q1098414

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Drachm

12 Chalkon = 4 Tetartemorion = 1 Obol • 6 Obols = 1 Drachm • 20 Drachms = 10 Silver stater = 1 Gold stater

Drachm
(313 BC - 280 BC)

Silver • 6.04 g • ⌀ 18 mm
HGCS# 3, 1802, SNG-B BlSe# 247, SNG-B BlSe# 248

Drachm

12 Chalkon = 4 Tetartemorion = 1 Obol • 6 Obols = 1 Drachm • 20 Drachms = 10 Silver stater = 1 Gold stater

Bronze Æ13
(450 BC - 400 BC)

Bronze • 0.89 g • ⌀ 12.0 mm
Bronze Æ20
(400 BC - 200 BC)

Bronze • 4.8 g • ⌀ 20.0 mm
SNG Cop# 41, Rogers# 187
Trihemiobol
(450 BC - 350 BC)

Silver • 1.3 g • ⌀ 11 mm
GCV# 1670
Drachm
(400 BC - 350 BC)

Silver • 5.5 g • ⌀ 19 mm
AMNG I-I# 216, BMC Greek# 237
Drachm
(400 BC - 350 BC)

Silver • 5.09 g • ⌀ 18 mm
AMNG I-I# 405b
Drachm
(400 BC - 300 BC)

Silver • 5.89 g • ⌀ 19.0 mm
SNG Cop# 196, AMNG I-I# 432
Drachm
(340 BC - 313 BC)

Silver • 5.9 g • ⌀ 18 mm
HGCS# 3, 1801, AMNG I-I# 434
Bronze Æ13
(350 BC - 300 BC)

Bronze • 1.85 g • ⌀ 13 mm
HGCS# 3-1820, SNG-B BlSe# 260
Bronze Æ17
(350 BC - 339 BC)

Bronze • 4.05 g • ⌀ 17.0 mm
HGCS# 3, 1814

Numista referee for coins of this issuer is Stavros.

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