Ancient Coinage of Abdera in Thrace


Abdera was an important town on the Thracian coast, 17 km ENE of the mouth of the Nestos River, almost directly opposite the island of Thasos.

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CITY AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
AMNG 48Abdera, Thrace AR Stater. Griffin leaping left / EΠI ΓHΣIΓΡO around quadripartite square, within incuse square frame. TextImage
AMNG 217Abdera, Thrace, AE15. 352-323 BC. 3.00 g. Magistrate Hermon.. EΡM(ΩN), Griffin sitting right on club, star above / ABΔ-HΡI-TE-ΩN around laureate head of Apollo right within linear square. AMNG 217; BMC 81; Pembroke Coll. Sale 618.TextImage
Ashton 2Abdera, Thrace AR Octodrachm. Ca 500-480 BC. ABDH, Griffin sitting left, raising right foreleg / Quadripartite incuse with raised, granulated mound in each quarter. TextImage
Berlin 124Abdera ca.385-375 B.C. AE 17, 3.84 g. Griffin sitting right, star above / ABΔ-HΡI-TE-ΩN around head of Hermes right, wearing petasos, within linear square. Berlin I, 124 TextImage
BMC 38AR Tetrobol, Abdera, Thrace. 2.91g; 17mm, 411-388 BC. Griffin sitting left, one paw raised / KΛEA-N-TI-ΔHΣ around bull's head with tanaia, facing three-quarters right, all within incuse square. Berlin I, 41; BMC 38.TextImage
BMC 44Abdera, Thrace, AR tetrobol, 15mm, 2.25 g. ca. 411-385 BC. ABΔH above griffin rearing left with both paws raised / NYM-ΦA-ΓOΡ-HΣ, dolphin swimming downwards within lined square, all within incuse square. BMC 44; May 389.TextImage
BMC 81Abdera, Thrace. AE15. Magistrate Ermo. 400-350 BC. Griffin crouching right, EΡMO below. Rev: ABΔ-HΡI-TE-ΩN around the four sides of a linear square with the head of Apollo right. AMNG II, 2317; BMC 81.TextImage
BMC 85Abdera, Thrace. ca 425-352 BC. AE 10mm. Griffin sitting left / EΠI ΔIONYΣAΔOΣ, quartered square with four pellets. SNG Copenhagen 371v. TextImage
CNG 58, 351Abdera. Circa 540/35-520/15 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.61 gm). Griffin’s head left / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
CNG 58, 352Abdera. c540/35-520/15 BC. AR Hemiobol. Griffin’s head left / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
CNG 68,230Abdera, Thrace, AR Didrachm. Griffin sitting left, raising paw / Quadripartite incuse square. Not in standard catalogs. Text
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CNG 795316Abdera. Ca 480-473/0 BC. AR Drachm (15mm, 3.13 g). Hegesip-, magistrate. H-ΓEΣIΠ, Griffin (type B) seated left, raising right forepaw / Quadripartite incuse square. Unpublished with this magistrate's name.TextImage
May 8Abdera, Thrace AR Tetradrachm. Circa 540/35-520/15 BC. Griffin sitting left / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
May 14Abdera, Thrace. Circa 530-500 BC. AR Oktadrachm. Griffin sitting left, right forepaw raised; pellets flanking, rosette to left / Rough quadripartite incuse square. May 14/1. TextImage
May 17vAbdera, Thrace. Circa 530-500 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Griffin sitting left / Rough quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
May 20cfAbdera, Thrace. c540/35-520/15 BC. AR Drachm. Griffin sitting left, raising paw / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
May 36vAbdera, Thrace. Circa 500-480 BC. AR Oktadrachm. M-, magistrate. Griffin sitting left, right forepaw raised; M to left / Rough quadripartite incuse square. Rosen 129. TextImage
May 38Abdera, Thrace, AR Octadrachm. Circa 500-480 BC. Griffin sitting left, right paw raised; bunch of grapes and Δ before / quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
May 44Abdera, Thrace, AR octadrachm, Period II, ca. 520-492 BC. 2.5cm, 29.5 gr. Griffin sitting left, AB beneath raised forepaw, pellet at upper left, pellet below / Quadripartite incuse square. May 44.TextImage
May 48Abdera, Thrace. Circa 520-492 BC, Period II. AR Oktadrachm. Griffin sitting left, foreleg raised, EΠ before / Quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
May 51Abdera, Thrace. ca. 500-480 BC. AR Oktadrachm (29.96 gm) Griffin, right leg raised, AΡX before/ Quadripartite incuse square. Dewing 1250. TextImage
May 80Abdera, Thrace. Circa 492-473/0 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Ia-, magistrate. Griffin springing left; skyphos below, EΠI IA around / Quadripartite incuse square. BMC 8. TextImage
May 80 varAbdera. Ca 480-473/0 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 14.14 g). Aianti-, magistrate. Griffin sitting left, raising forepaws; kylix above, AIANTI below / Quadripartite incuse square. May, Abdera 80 var. (magistrate's name); SNG Lockett 1115 var. (ditto); Jameson 2456 var. (ditto); Pozzi 1068 var. (ditto). Unpublished with long form of the magistrate's name.TextImage
May 95eAbdera, Thrace AR Drachm. Ca 475-455 BC. Griffin sitting left, raising right foreleg, magistrate's initials Δ-E-O in field / Shallow quadripartite incuse. TextImage
May 104Abdera, Thrace AR Tetradrachm. ca 492-473/0 BC. Herak-, magistrate. Griffin springing left; cicada below, HΡAK around / Quadripartite incuse square. Jameson 1997. TextImage
May 120Abdera, Thrace. Circa 473-448 BC. AR Obol. Griffin sitting left, raising right foreleg / Rough incuse square. TextImage
May 147Abdera, Thrace AR Tetradrachm. Circa 460-440 BC. Griffin sitting left, right paw raised; magistrate KA-ΛΛ-IΔA-MAΣ / ABΔ-HΡ-ITE-ΩN, raised, outlined quadripartite square; all within larger incuse square. May 147. TextImage
May 183vAbdera, Thrace. Circa 473/0-449/8 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Mandronax, magistrate. Griffin standing left, right forepaw raised; star before / EΠI MA-NΔΡΩ-NAK-TOΣ, in shallow incuse around quadripartite square. AMNG II 54. TextImage
May 191Abdera, Thrace. Circa 473-448 BC. AR Obol. Griffin sitting left, raising right foreleg / Rough incuse square. TextImage
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May 279Abdera, Thrace. Circa 411-385 BC. AR Tetrobol (2.79 gm). Griffin springing left / Head of Hermes left, wearing petasos; magistrate Erophaneos. TextImage
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May 280Abdera, Thrace. Circa 411-385 BC. AR Tetrobol. Griffin springing left / Head of Hermes left, wearing petasos, caduceus before; all within linear square, [EΠI-HΡ]O-ΦA[N-E]OΣ around. TextImage
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May 285Abdera, Thrace. Circa 411-385 BC. AE 15mm. Griffin springing left / Head of Apollo right within linear square. TextImage
May 308Abdera, Thrace. AR Diobol. 411-385 BC. Seated Griffin left / Head of bull left in shallow incuse square. TextImage
May 309cfAbdera, Thrace. ca 411-385 BC. AE 13mm. Griffin sitting left / KΛEAIN-ETIΔΣi, mask of Pan right. SNGCop 369v. TextImage
May 313Abdera, Thrace. Circa 411/0-386/5 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Molpagores, magistrate. ABΔHΡITEΩN, Griffin sitting left, right forepaw raised / EΠI MOΛ-ΠAΓOΡEΩ, female (kalathiskoi) in short chiton and tall circular headdress dancing right; all within shallow incuse square. AMNG II 100. TextImage
May 314Abdera, Thrace AR Stater. ca 411-376 BC. ABΔHΡITEΩN, Griffin sitting left with raised far foreleg / EΠI MOΣ ΠAΓOΡE, dancing girl in tall circular headdress and short chiton, executing the molpe: she stands left on tiptoe, raising her right hand; all in shallow incuse square. TextImage
May 327Abdera. Ca 415/3-395 BC. AR Tetrobol (15mm, 2.78 g). Protes, magistrate. Griffin springing left / Head of Dionysos left within square; ΠΡ-Ω-TH-Σ around. May, Abdera 327; SNG Copenhagen 334.TextImage
May 329Abdera, Thrace. 411-386 BC. AR Tetrobol (2.73 gm). Griffin springing left / Laureate head of Apollo left in square. McClean 4019. TextImage
May 331Abdera, Thrace. Circa 411-385 BC. AR Tetrobol. Griffin springing left / Head of Apollo left within linear square; ivy leaf. TextImage
May 333Abdera, Thrace AR Tetrobol. Circa 400-375 BC. Griffin springing left / ΠΡΩTHΣ, laureate head of Apollo left; grain of corn behind. May 333; McClean 4020. TextImage
May 335Abdera, Thrace. Circa 411/10-386/5 BC. AR Diobol. Griffin springing left / Bull's head left within shallow incuse. TextImage
May 343Abdera, Thrace. Ca 411-386 BC. AR Stater, 22mm, 12.83 g. Magistrate Promethides. [A]B?HΡITE, griffin alighting left / Dolphin diagonally downward in linear square; ΠΡO-MH-ΘIΔ-HΣ in linear square around; all within shallow incuse square. May, Abdera 343; Jameson 1036.TextImage
May 349Abdera, Thrace. AR Tetradrachm. 367 BC. Magistrate Apollados. Griffin sitting left, preparing to spring / EΠI AΠOΛΛAΔOΣ, Apollo standing left, holding Nike running left in right hand, long laurel branch in left. May 349.TextImage
May 356Abdera, Thrace. Circa 411/410-386/385 BC. AR Drachm. Griffin left; ABΔ behind / Three grain-ears within square. SNGCop 340. TextImage
May 360Abdera, Thrace AR Tetrobol. Circa 411/10-386/5 BC. Griffin springing left / three sprouting grains of corn. TextImage
May 370Abdera AR Hemidrachm. Griffin springing left / (...)TEΩ, three grain ears within linear square. May 370.TextImage
May 373Abdera, Thrace. AR Tetrobol, 2.80 gr, 15.16 mm. Magistrate Protes, 411-386 BC. ABΔ beneath wing of griffin springing left, both forelegs raised, the comb thin and spiky / EΠI Π-ΡΩT-(E)Ω, three stalks of grain, each separate, within linear border. May 373 (same reverse die); Traité 1374; BMC 45; Sear 1546.TextImage
May 377Abdera, Thrace AR Tetrobol. Circa 411/0-386/5 BC. Nymphagores, magistrate. Griffin springing left / Dolphin downward to left in dotted square, NYM-ΦA-ΓOΡ-HΣ around; all within incuse square. SNG Cop 335, Jameson 1038. TextImage
May 379aAbdera, Thrace. Circa 411/0-386/5 BC. AR Tetrobol. Nymphagoras, magistrate. ABΔH, Griffin sitting left, preparing to spring / NYM-ΦA-ΓOΡ-AΣ, dolphin downward to left in dotted square; all within shallow incuse square. BMC 43. TextImage
May 382Abdera. Ca 415/3-395 BC. AR Tetrobol (15mm, 2.79 g). Nymphagores, magistrate. Griffin springing left / Dolphin left within beaded square; NYM-ΦA-ΓOΡ-HΣ around. May, Abdera 382; SNG Copenhagen 336.TextImage
May 402Abdera, Thrace AR Stater. ca 386–375 BC. ABΔH, winged griffin reclining left / Heracles advancing right, holding club in raised right hand and bow in extended left, left arm draped with lion skin, behind EΠI THΛEMAXO, all in shallow incuse square. May 402. TextImage
May 415Abdera, Thrace, AR Drachm. ca 386-375 BC, Period VII, group CXIII. Griffin leaping left / MOΛ-ΠA-ΓO-ΡHΣ, wreathed head of Dionysos left, within linear square.TextImage
May 416Abdera, Thrace. Circa 386/5-375 BC. AR Tetrobol. Molpagores, magistrate. Griffin sitting left, preparing to spring / MOΛ-ΠA-ΓO-ΡHΣ, head of young Dionysos left in linear square, in wreath of ivy; all within shallow incuse square. BMC 42. TextImage
May 429Abdera, Thrace. Circa 385-375 BC. AR Tetrobol (2.82 gm). Griffin springing left / Kantharos in square. TextImage
May 432Abdera, Thrace AR Tetrobol. ca 386/5-375 BC. ABΔ, griffin springing left / EΠI ΦIΛAIO, Hermes standing right; astragalos to right. SNG Lockett 1140, McClean 4023.TextImage
May 435Abdera, Thrace AR Tetrobol. ca 386/5-375 BC. ABΔ, griffin springing left / EΠI ΦIΛAIO, Hermes standing right on rock, holding a bow; astragalos in right field. SNG Lockett 1140, McClean 4023. TextImage
May 439Abdera, Thrace. Circa 386/5-375 BC. AR Drachm. Griffin springing left off Ionic capital; A[BΔ] behind / Kantharos and ivy-leaf within linear square; around, IΡOM NH MΩN; all in incuse square. SNGCop 329. TextImage
May 444Abdera, Thrace. ca 386/5-375 BC. AR Drachm. Griffin springing left off Ionic capital; ABΔ behind / Kantharos and ivy-leaf within linear square; around, IΡOM NH MΩN; all in incuse square. TextImage
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May 446Abdera. Ca 386/5-375 BC. AR Tetrobol (14mm, 2.83 g). Pomnemonos, magistrate. Griffin springing left / Kantharos within linear square; EΠI ΠO-MNHM-ONOΣ around; all within shallow incuse square. May, Abdera 446; AMNG 124; SNG Copenhagen 340.TextImage
May 447Abdera, Thrace AR Tetradrachm. Circa 386-375 BC. ABΔH, Griffin sitting left, preparing to spring / EΠI ZHNΩNOΣ, Hermes, nude but for cloak, standing right, holding caduceus in right hand, left outstreched; kantharos to right. May 447, Weber 2378. TextImage
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May 449Abdera, Thrace. Circa 386/5-375 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Kallianax, magistrate. ABΔHΡI, Griffin sitting left, preparing to spring / EΠI KA-Λ-ΛIA-NAKTOΣ, Apollo standing left, holding patera in extended right hand, laurel branch in left; below, stag standing left. AMNG II 97.TextImage
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May 451Abdera, Thrace. ca. 386-375 BC. AR Stater. Griffin / EΠI KAΛ ΛIA NAKTOΣ, Hermes and stag left. May 451 (A302/P358). Gulbenkian 449var. TextImage
May 453Abdera, Thrace. Circa 385-375 BC. AR Tetrobol. Griffin springing left / Stag standing left; magistrate AΘHNHΣ, all within incuse square. SNG Cop 338. TextImage
May 458Abdera, Thrace. Circa 386/5-375 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Polykrates, magistrate. ABΔHΡI, griffin lying left / ΠOΛYKΡATHΣ (Π retrograde), Artemis walking right, holding bow and arrow in her left hand, laurel branch in her right; below, stag standing right, nibbling on branch; all within shallow incuse square. BMC 52b. TextImage
May 460Abdera, Thrace, AR Stater. Magistrate Polykrateos. Ca 375-366 BC. ABΔHΡI, griffin reclining left / EΠI ΠOΛYKΡA-TEOΣ around cult statue of Artemis facing, calathus on head, holding branch in right hand and bow in left, stag to left nibbling on branch, all in shallow incuse square. Jameson 2005. TextImage
May 543Abdera, Thrace AR Tetradrachm. Magistrate Hipponaktos. Ca 365-345 BC. Griffin crouching left, preparing to spring, ABΔ TEΩN above and below / IΠΠΩ-NAKTOΣ, laureate head of Apollo right, shell below. TextImage
May 550Abdera, Thrace, AR drachm of international tetrobol standard, 365-350 BC. Magistrate Pythokleos. ABΔH-ΡITEΩN above and beneath griffin recumbent left / EΠI Π-YΘO-KΛ-EOΣ clockwise within linear border around head of Apollo right. May 550: AMNG Thrace 169; Wiczay 2250.TextImage
May 552Abdera, Thrace. Circa 365/0-350/45 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Pythodoros, magistrate. ABΔH-ΡITEΩN, griffin lying left / EΠI ΠYΘOΔΩΡO, laureate head of Apollo right in linear frame; all within shallow incuse square. TextImage
May 552cfAbdera, Thrace AR Drachm. Circa 365-345 BC. Magistrate Pythodoros. Griffin springing left / EΠI ΠYΘO..., laureate head of Apollo right within square frame. TextImage
Mionnet I, 32Abdera, Thrace, 352-323 BC. AE15 mm, 3.26 gr. Magistrate Menan(dros?). MENAN, griffin recumbent right on club, star above / ABΔ-HΡI-TE-ΩN around linear square, within which is the head of Apollo right. Mionnet I, 32; BMC 83 var (MEN only); AMNG II 221; Sear Greece 1555.TextImage
Moushmov 2417Abdera AR Hemidrachm. MOΛΠAΓ..., head of Dionysos left, wreathed in ivy, within square border / griffin springing left. TextImage
Moushmov 2435Abdera, Thrace, AR Stater or Aegean standard Tetradrachm. Ca 410-385 BC. Griffin sitting left with right paw raised / EVA-ΓΩN to left and right of kantharos.TextImage
Moushmov 2441 varAbdera, Thrace, c. 411-385 BC. AE10mm, 0.95g. Griffin sitting left, right foreleg raised / EΠI ..BIO(K?) and thyrsos around lined square, with a dots in each section. May -; AMNG -; Moushmov 2441 var (magistrate).TextImage
Moushmov 2443Abdera, Thrace AE14. 3rd century BC. ABΔIΡITEΩN, young male head in linear square / ΘEYΔE beneath griffin sitting right.TextImage
Moushmov 2456Abdera, Thrace. ca 240-202 BC. AE 21mm. Laureate head of Apollo right / Griffin left; EΠI AΛEXANΔΡOY above, ABΔHΡITΩN below. SNG Evelpidis 887. TextImage
Moushmov 2463Abdera, Thrace, AE18. 385-347 BC. EΠI EΡMOΣ TΡA TOY, head of Apollo right in square / ABΔIΡITΩN, griffin springing left. AMNG 181; May -.TextImage
SNG Cop 322Abdera, Thrace. c411-385 BC. AR Tetrobol. Griffin sitting left, raising right foreleg / ECE-KΡ-AT-HΣ around quadripartite square. May 320ff. TextImage
SNG Cop 336Abdera, Thrace. Circa 450-400 BC. AR Drachm. ABΔH, griffin leaping left / Dolphin in dotted square; magistrate Nymphagoras. Strack 118. TextImage
SNG Cop 338Abdera, Thrace. Circa 385-375 BC. AR Tetrobol. Griffin springing left / AΘHNHΣ, stag standing left, all within incuse square.TextImage
SNG Cop 357cfAbdera, Thrace AR Drachm of Persic standard. ca 450-352 BC. Griffin left / magistrate's name around head of Apollo right in square frame. TextImage
SNG Cop 360Abdera, Thrace, AR Drachm of Persic standard. ca 400-352 BC. Magistrate Homer. ABΔH-ΡITEΩN, griffin springing left / EΠI OMHΡOY, laureate head of Apollo right in linear square.TextImage
SNG Cop 368Abdera, Thrace AE 10. Griffin left / grain ear.TextImage
Strack 216Abdera, Thrace. c345-323 BC. AE 15mm. Griffin sitting right on club; magistrate Aristeos / Diademed male head (Apollo?) within square border. SNGCop 374var. TextImage
Svoronos 929Abdera, Thrace, AE19, 281-200 BC. 4.072 g, Head of Ptolemy III right / ABΔH-ΡITΩN, griffin recumbent left, (star and dot in left field). Svoronos 929, Lindgren 740 var (different portrait style), SNG Cop 380 var (ditto).TextImage
Sear 1342Abdera, Thrace, AR Obol. 500-480 BC. Griffin sitting left, foreleg raised high / quadripartite incuse square. TextImage
Sear 1531Abdera, Thrace, AR Triobol. 480-465 BC/ Griffin rearing left, curved wing. / Bull's head left. TextObvRev
Sear 1533Abdera, Thrace, AR Obol. 480-465 BC. Griffin sitting left, curved wing / Rough incuse square.
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Sear 1537Abdera, Thrace, AR Triobol. 465-450 BC, Griffin rearing left, curved wing / Bull's head right inside incuse square. TextObvRev
Sear 1542Abdera, Thrace, AR Triobol. 440-410 BC, Griffin rearing left, pointed wing / Bull’s head left. TextImage
Sear 1546Abdera, Thrace. AR Tetrobol, 2.80 gr, 15.16 mm. Magistrate Protes, 411-386 BC. ABΔ beneath wing of griffin springing left, both forelegs raised, the comb thin and spiky / EΠI Π-ΡΩT-(E)Ω, three stalks of grain, each separate, within linear border. May 373 (same reverse die); Traité 1374; BMC 45; Sear 1546.TextImage
Sear 1549Abdera, Thrace, AR Tetrobol. c 385-375 BC, Griffin left / Head of Dionysos left inside linear square.
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Sear 1552Abdera, Thrace, AR Hemidrachm. 360-347 BC, ABΔH-ΡITEΩN, griffin rearing left / EΠI IΠΠΩ NAKTOΣ around linear square containing laureate head of Apollo right.
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Sear 1553Abdera Circa 365-350BC. AR Tetradrachm. Griffin crouching left / Laureate head of Apollo right.
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Sear 1554Abdera, Thrace, AR Hemidrachm. 360-347 BC. ABΔHΡ-ITEΩN, Griffin rearing left / EΠI IΠΠΩNAKTOΣ around linear square containing laureate head of Apollo right.
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VESPASIAN
RPC 355Vespasian AE 16mm of Abdera, Thrace. Laureate head right / ABΔHΡEITAI, Nike standing left holding wreath and palm. SNG Cop 386, Moushmov 2468.TextImage
RPC 357Vespasian, AE of Abdera, Thrace. 7.63 g. AYTOKΡATOΡI OYEΣΠAΣIANΩ, laureate head right / ΔOMETIANΩ KAIΣAΡI ABΔHΡEITAI. Bare head of Domitian right. AMNG 247; RPC 357 corr; SNG Cop. 385; Varbanov 11.TextImage
TRAJAN
Moushmov 2471Trajan and Trajan Pater, AE of Abdera, Thrace. AD 98-117. 2.39 g. AYTO TΡAIANw KAICAΡI CEBACTw, laureate head of Trajan right / ΓEΡMA ΔAKIKw ABΔHΡEITAI, laureate head of Trajan Pater right. Moushmov 2471; Varbanov 20 (this coin); AMNG I, 250; SNG Italy 342; RPC III, 671.TextImage
HADRIAN
Strack 252Hadrian AE16 of Abdera, Thrace. AΔΡIANOC KAICAΡ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / IΛΘEΩ ΔI ABΔHΡITAI, llaureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Divus Trajan right. Strack, Thrakien, 252; Varbanov 21 (description corrected).TextImage
ANTONINUS PIUS
Varbanov 24Antoninus Pius, AE20 of Abdera, Thrace. AYT KAI ANTΩNEIN, laureate head right / ABΔHΡITEΩN, draped, male bust right, star in crescent behind. Varbanov 24; AMNG 24.TextImage
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