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Apollo / eagle on dolphin, countermarked with head of Hermes with petasos and head of Helios - Greek coin from Istros - reverse Apollo / eagle on dolphin, countermarked with head of Hermes with petasos and head of Helios - Greek coin from Istros - obverse
17-19 mm? diameter, 3-4 grams?, AE
Reverse: inscription IΣTP (ISTR), Greek thalassic symbol: sea eagle clawing a dolphin, under the dolphin illegible letters (maybe XAIPE?)
Obverse: laureate head of god Apollo, to the right, with two circular countermarks: head of god Hermes wearing petasos (a wide-brimmed hat) and head of god Helios with aureole

The ancient coin pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. GLV. The coin is a variant of the one described in AMNG I at position 476a (AMNG = Die antiken Münzen Nord-Griechenlands, B. Pick, 1898).

The coin was probably struck in the 2nd-1st century BC. The countermarking operation was made for prolongating the period of the coin's circulation. It is a strong possibility that these coins were countermarked in the 1st century BC, in the years before the Pontic expedition of king Burebista.


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


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