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893349. Sold For $465

THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Mygdones or Krestones. Circa 485-470 BC. AR Diobol (11mm, 0.96 g). Goat kneeling right, head left; pellets around / Quadripartite incuse square. Lorber, Goats issue 15; Topalov -; HPM pl. III, 14; SNG ANS 60-4 (Aigai). Good VF, toned.


Originally attributed to the Macedonian city of Aigai, this series has been re-evaluated by O. Picard (“Les monnaies au bouc attribuées à Aigai,” BSFN 50/6, 1995) and C. Lorber (see above), who have convincingly shown that, based on linguistic and iconographic evidence, Aigai cannot possibly be correct. Lorber also re-evaluated the numismatic and historical evidence and synthesized her findings with metrological, iconographic, and hoard data to conclude that these coins were actually tribal issues emanating from an area west or southwest of Bisaltia, probably inhabited by the Mygdones or Krestones.