Tetradrachm Patraos type

Features

Country Agrianes
(Thracians)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 250 BC - 150 BC
Value Tetradrachm (4)
Currency Drachm
Composition Silver
Weight 12 g
Diameter 23 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
References Kostial# 1004 Cf.,
Michaela Kostial; 2003. Kelten im Osten : Gold und Silber der Kelten in Mittel- und Osteuropa : Sammlung Lanz (2nd edition). Verlag der Staatlichen Münzsammlung München, Munich, Germany. ISBN 9783922840190.
Kostial# 1005 Cf.,
Michaela Kostial; 2003. Kelten im Osten : Gold und Silber der Kelten in Mittel- und Osteuropa : Sammlung Lanz (2nd edition). Verlag der Staatlichen Münzsammlung München, Munich, Germany. ISBN 9783922840190.
Göbl OTA# T. 12, no. 119B
Robert Göbl; 1973. Ostkeltischer Typenatlas. Klinkhardt und Biermann, Brunswick, Germany.

Obverse

Laureate head of Apollo to left.

Reverse

Armored cavalryman galloping to left, spearing fallen soldier holding Macedonian shield.

Comments

Late 3rd to early 2nd century BC.

Kostial lists weights between 11.78-12.88g

References:
Cf. Flesche 632
Cf. Lanz 1004-1005 (but differing styles)
Cf. Paeonian Hoard T. 9, No. 514
Cf. Lanz 58 (1991), No. 34

"The imitations of Patraos are among the earliest of all Balkan imitations of Greek coins. Specimens of this type appeared in the great Paeonian Hoard (IGCH 410), buried c. 315, and it seems very likely that they began to be produced during Patraos’s lifetime, but ceased soon afterwards. All evidence seems to indicate that the Patraos imitations, apparently issued by the Agriones living between the Strymon and the Axios in southern Bulgaria, preceded the more numerous imitations of Philip II, which began to be produced in considerable numbers by the Getae in Dacia to the north." (Nomos auction catalog description, Obolos Web Auction 4, Lot #39, 21.02.2016)

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (250 BC - 150 BC) 

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