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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 431

THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Bisaltai. Circa 475-465 BC. AR Tristater – “Oktadrachm” (36mm, 28.71 g). Reduced Aeginetan standard.

Triton XXIV
Lot: 431.
 Estimated: $ 7 500

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 11 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Bisaltai. Circa 475-465 BC. AR Tristater – “Oktadrachm” (36mm, 28.71 g). Reduced Aeginetan standard. Horse walking right, bridle held by nude warrior in background, walking right, wearing petasos and holding two spears; ΔE monogram to left, C-I-Σ-AΓTI-(retrograde K)Ω-И clockwise around from the top / Quadripartite incuse square. Peykov A3070 (same obv. die as second illustration = Giessener Münzhandlung 102, lot 148); Topalov 33 var. (legend, no monogram); HPM –; AMNG III/2, –; HGC 3, 274 var. (same); Leu 72, lot 157. Toned, minor edge split. Good VF. Well struck on a broad flan, with clear legend. Very rare variety with monogram.

From the Collection of a Northern California Gentleman, purchased from Frank Kovacs, June 1996. Ex Kovacs FPL 28 (Spring 1995), no. 15.

The Bisaltai were a tribe of Pelasgian or Thracian origin and occupied the territory between the rivers Echedoros and Strymon, including the metalliferous mountains, which separate the territory of the Bisaltai from the territory of the Krestonioi and Mygonia on the west (Herodotos 7, 115). At the time of the invasion of Xerxes in 480 BC, the Bisaltai were governed by a Thracian ruler who was independent of Macedonian influence, and refused to assist the Great King of Persia when his army crossed Thrace to invade mainland Greece. At some point after the Persian retreat, Alexander I of Macedon, who was in the service of Persians as early as 492 BC, annexed the territory as far as the Strymon valley. Capturing its rich silver mines, he issued the first regal Macedonian coinage, which is indistinguishable from the Bisaltian but for the placing of his own name. The absence of Bisaltai oktadrachms in the Asyut hoard led Price and Waggoner to suggest a mintage date of circa 475-465 BC. This coinage was terminated about the same time as the disaster at Drabeskos in 465/4 BC, in which the Athenian colonists of Ennea Hodoi (later Amphipolis) were exterminated by the native Thracians, though it is unknown whether this coinage is directly related to the Bisaltai’s involvement in this conflict.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Two, which begins 19 January 2021 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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