Greek Thrace Sevt III 324-311 BC bronze

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Greek Thrace Sevt III 324-311 BC bronze
See below for coin details, description and metrics.

A poem about this coin’s beauty:
“Greek bronze coin old, Seu and Qou legends told.Wreath of grain, so bold.”

In Latin:
“Nummus antiquus, SEU et QOU leguntur plusSpicae coronant.“

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Description

Ruler: thrace, greece Period: to
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  • Material: bronze
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  • Diameter (mm): 15
  • Obverse: Standing eagle facing right
  • Reverse: Legend on two rows - SEU/QOU. Surrounded by wreath tied with ears of grain.
  • The Greeks considered themselves as composed of 4 tribes including Aeolians, Achaeans, Dorians and Ionians and there are varying references to the earliest coinage being produced either by the Lydians or Aeolians at Kyme and their king Midas. Ancient Greek coinage consisted of Staters, Drachms (and multiples thereof) as well as the smallest denominations of Obols and Hemiobols. The earliest coinage were Obols some of which have been found dating earlier than 800BC. Given that Greek culture was made up of many city-states there was great variety of production, though the economic strength of Athens came to predominate in coinage types and standards. As Greek coinage was among the first it was also highly influential on later and surrounding cultures, partly due to the many colonies they settled across the Mediterranean as well as due to Alexander the Great's conquests. The Greek military tendency to use foreign mercenaries, particularly from north European Celtic tribes also meant that Greek coinage came to influence Celtic production and it is interesting to observe the similarities and progressions from Greek types of Philip or Alexander across to Celtic equivalents.
  • Ancient Thrace was a historical and geographic area in southeast Europe. It was bounded by the Balkan Mountains to the north, the Aegean Sea to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. The area included parts of present-day Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Turkey.

Additional information

Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 0.1 cm