TWO GOLDEN COINS FROM THE BALCHIK REGION Cover Image

ДВЕ ЗЛАТНИ МОНЕТИ ОТ РАЙОНА НА БАЛЧИК
TWO GOLDEN COINS FROM THE BALCHIK REGION

Author(s): Trifon Trifonov
Subject(s): Archaeology, Ancient World
Published by: Съюз на учените - Варна
Keywords: gold coins; stater; Olbia; Scythian; Perissad; Panticapaion

Summary/Abstract: In 2016 two gold coins were found between the towns of Balchik and Kavarna where the capital of the Second Scythian kingdom, was probably located. One of the coin is a quarter stater of Olbia, minted under the Athenian coin system in the period 310 - 300 BC. It is descripted by the Russian numismatists Karishkovskiy and Anokhin as a hemidrahm or triobol. On the obverse is depicted the goddess Demetra with a wreath of stalks grains, turned left. The reverse presents a dolphin to the left, below it a monogram ОΛ. The coins has a diameter of 11 mm and a weight 2,157 g. The other coin is also quarter stater with weight 2,103 g and a diameter 12 mm. On the obverse is depicted the head of god Apollo with a laured wreath, turned left. Above the image there is a monogram ΔI. On the reverse is a Scythian with a spear in the right hand on a horse in gallop turned to the left. From the studies and comparisons made, it can be assumed that this is a quarter stater of the king of Bosporan kingdom, Perissad IV, minted in Panticapaion during the period 140 - 130 BC.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 68-74
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian