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640162
Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 162. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of THRACE. Kotys III. Circa 30-20 BC. AR Tetradrachm (15.93 gm). Wreathed head of Dionysos right, somewhat degraded / HRAKLEOU SWTHROS QRAKWN, Herakles standing facing, head left, holding club and lion's skin; M to left. Cf. CCCBM I 239; Prokopov 4 (same obverse die); Lukanc -. VF. Very rare. ($1000)

Prokopov has proposed dating this coinage to the period after M. Licinius Crassus when, having defeated the Dacians, Bastarnians, and Bessi in 29-28 BC, he turned their territory over to the loyal Kotys III of Thrace. The newly conquered territory included a famous shrine of Dionysos, and Kotys struck this coin to indicate the land and temple were now in his possession.