Ancient Coinage of Thrace, Imbros



The modern fate of the Greeks on this Thracian island in the Aegaean, which they had inhabited for over 1,500 years, is shocking. Since 1961 they have been subject to massive scale persecution by the Turks: Greek education is forbidden, Greek schools closed and the cultivated areas and farmland of the island have been appropriated for the settlement of ethnic Turks from mainland Turkey. The island was made into an open prison for rapists and murderers, who were allowed to roam freely on the island to repeat their crimes amongst the locals before it was closed in 1992. By 2015, only 318 Greeks remained on the island.
Besides civic issues, it struck Provincial coins only for Augustus.
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BMC 4Imbros, Thrace. AE16 Civic issue, 4-3 c. BC. 3.46 g. Helmeted head of Athena right. / IMBΡOY, owl standing right, head facing, within olive wreath. BMC 4; SNG Cop. 958; Meyer 2 in ZfN 1876; Prokesch-Osten 2 in AZ 1848.TextImage
BMC 6-7Imbros, Thrace. AE16, 2nd c. AD. 4.21 g. Helmeted head of Athena right. / IMBΡIΩN, owl standing left, head facing. BMC 6-7; SNG Cop. 365.TextImage
BMC 8Imbros, Thrace. AE24, 2nd c. AD. 7.1 g. Helmeted head of Athena right, with aegis. / IMBΡIΩN, female figure standing left, holding cornucopiae and raising right hand. BMC 8; SNG Cop. 963; Mionnet I, 6.TextImage
BMC 9Imbros, Thrace. AE15, semi-autonomous issue. 2nd c. AD. 6.2 g. Helmeted head of Athena right. / IMBΡIΩN, Apollo standing left, holding patera and lyre. BMC 9; SNG Cop. 964; Pozzi (Boutin) 2361 (this coin).TextImage
Imhoof Imbros 1Imbros, Thrace. AE12, civic issue. ca 350-300 BC. 2.55 g. Head of Artemis or Persephone right. / IMBΡOY, ithyphallic Hermes standing right before an altar, holding patera and branch. Caduceus in upper right field. Imhoof Imbros 1; SNG Cop. 953; Imhoof Choix I, 10.TextImage
Imhoof Imbros 3Imbros, Thrace. AE12, civic issue. ca 350-300 BC. 1.39 g. Head of Artemis or Persephone right. / IMBΡOY, ithyphallic Hermes standing right before an altar, holding patera and branch. Barley corn in upper right field. Imhoof Imbros 3; SNG Cop 956; Hoover HGC 279.TextImage
Imhoof Imbros 4Imbros, Thrace. AE11, civic issue. ca 350-300 BC. 1.33 g. Head of Artemis or Persephone right. / IMBΡOY, ithyphallic Hermes standing right before an altar, holding patera and branch. No symbol in upper right field. Imhoof Imbros 4; Righetti sale IV 203; SNG Cop. 952; Winterthur 1270.TextImage
AUGUSTUS
RPC 1734Augustus AE20 of Imbros, Thrace. 27 BC-AD 14. ΣEBAΣTOΣ, bare head of Augustus right. / IMB behind head of Apollo right (possibly with lyre before head). RPC 1734; Varbanov 2993; SNG Ashmolean 431; Imhood MG 50; Postolacca 1126; Rosenberger 11 ("Gadara").TextImage
RPC 1736Augustus AE18 of Imbros, Thrace. 27 BC-AD 14. Bare head of Augustus right (star behind head). / IMB beneath caduceus between caps of the Dioskuri, each surmounted by a star. RPC 1736; Varbanov 2995; Paris 1937; SNG Cop 967; Bern R4142.TextImage
RPC 1737Augustus AE17 of Imbros, Thrace. 27 BC-AD 14. Bare head of Augustus right (star behind head). / Γ-E-M, caduceus between caps of the Dioskuri, each surmounted by a star. RPC 1737; Varbanov 2996.TextImage

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