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goddess Athena - pseudo-autonomous coin of Callatis
15-17 mm diameter, 2-2.5 g, AE, 2nd-3rd century AD
Athena with Corintian helmet with panache, to the right, outer pearl circle
round shield with radial adornment, inscription
KAΛΛA [TI]ANΩN
split by a wheat ear and the quiver of Heracles with the arrows poisoned in the blood of Lernean Hydra, outer pearl circle
coin from Callatis - bronze

The first ancient coin pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. GLV.

The images of the second ancient coin above are present on Romanian coins thanks to Mr Janos Csorik.

The coin is described at number 239 in the Moushmov catalog. Another similar coin is described in AMNG I, at number 267 (AMNG = Die antiken Münzen Nord-Griechenlands, B. Pick, 1898).

About the pseudo-autonomous issues

The name pseudo-autonomous is usually given to the coins that, in spite of being issued by a Greek city under the rule of a Roman emperor, do not depict the head of the emperor or of another member of the imperial family. The coins presented on this page falls in this category. It were possibly minted in the 2nd or 3rd century AD.


The History of Callatis and More The Ancient Pontic World
and Its Connection to Romanians (with Map)
About Athena


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