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coin from Histria - reverse coin from Histria - obverse
16-17 mm diameter, 4.36 grams, AE
Reverse: thalassic symbol used commonly by several Greek shore cities: sea eagle clawing a dolphin, legend IΣTPIH (ISTRIE) and mark A between the eagle and the dolphin
Obverse: laureate head of god Apollo to the right

The images above picture a Fedešti type coin issued by Histria (with a sensational green patina), struck betwix four and three centuries BC. In the village of Fedešti from the county of Vaslui a hoard of about 300 bronze coins was discovered in 1976 comprising coins issued by the Greek city of Histria, all from the same type.

The pictures above of an ancient Greek coin struck at Histria are present on Romanian coins through the kind contribution of Mr. Ion Šerban, collector of Pontic coins.


Histria struck during the fifth century B.C. the first coins on Romanian territory: silver drachmae.

According to historian Nicolae Iorga, the dolphin clawing eagle ensign we see on the reverse - used like a coat of arms by Histria - was given to the Greek world by the city of Sinope (also a colony of Miletus). Olbia, Sinope of course and many other Greek colonies struck coins bearing this thalassic symbol.


The Ancient Pontic World
and Its Connection to Romanians (with Map)
The History of Histria and More (with pictures taken on site) About Apollo


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