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Area: Thrace: Istros
Period: 400-350 BC
Denomination: AR Stater
Obverse: Two young male heads, facing, side by side, one upright, the other inverted.
Reverse: Sea-eagle standing left, on a dolphin left, which it attacks with it's beak. "ΙΣΤΡΙΗ" above eagle.
Reference: GCV 1669 (but no "A" under eagle)
Weight: 6.8 gms
Diameter: 17.9 mm
Comment: The curious obverse type has variously been interpreted as representing the Dioscouri, the rising and setting sun, and the supposed two branches of the Danube River (or Ister). (Sear)

THRACE/Istros

Istros was situated in Lower Moesia, not far from the mouth of the Danube (Ister), and at a little distance from the coast. (near the border of modern Romania and Ukraine) It was a colony of Miletus. It's large output of silver coinage in the 1st half of the 4th century, B.C., suggests it was a place of commercial importance.

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