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Lot nuber 72

THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Bisaltai. Circa 475-465 BC. AR Tristater – “Oktadrachm” (31mm, 28.43 g). Reduced Aeginetan standard.

Electronic Auction 492
Lot: 72.
 Estimated: $ 7 500

Greek, Silver

Sold For $ 8 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Bisaltai. Circa 475-465 BC. AR Tristater – “Oktadrachm” (31mm, 28.43 g). Reduced Aeginetan standard. Horse walking right, bridle held by nude warrior in background, walking right, wearing petasos and holding two spears; ΔE monogram to left, C[IΣ]AΓ-TI-K-ΩN clockwise around from the right / Quadripartite incuse square. Peykov A3070 (same obv. die as second illustration = Sternberg XXIX, lot 63); Topalov 33; HPM –; AMNG III/2, –; HGC 3, 274. Toned, some marks and die wear on obverse, light scratches on reverse, edge marks. Good VF. Rare.

The Bisaltai were a tribe of Pelasgian or Thracian origin and occupied the territory between the rivers Echedoros and Strymon, including the metalliferous mountains, which separate the territory of the Bisaltai from the territory of the Krestonioi and Mygonia on the west (Herodotos 7, 115). At the time of the invasion of Xerxes in 480 BC, the Bisaltai were governed by a Thracian ruler who was independent of Macedonian influence, and refused to assist the Great King of Persia when his army crossed Thrace to invade mainland Greece. At some point after the Persian retreat, Alexander I of Macedon, who was in the service of Persians as early as 492 BC, annexed the territory as far as the Strymon valley. Capturing its rich silver mines, he issued the first regal Macedonian coinage, which is indistinguishable from the Bisaltian but for the placing of his own name. The absence of Bisaltai oktadrachms in the Asyut hoard led Price and Waggoner to suggest a mintage date of circa 475-465 BC. This coinage was terminated about the same time as the disaster at Drabeskos in 465/4 BC, in which the Athenian colonists of Ennea Hodoi (later Amphipolis) were exterminated by the native Thracians, though it is unknown whether this coinage is directly related to the Bisaltai’s involvement in this conflict.

Closing Date and Time: 26 May 2021 at 10:23:40 ET.

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