A new book available for preorder from the American Numismatic Society examines the bronze and silver coinage of the kingdom of Scythia Minor.
Scythians and Greeks on the Western Black Sea: The Coinage of the Kings of Scythia Minor in Dobruja, 218/212–110 BCE
Numismatic Studies 47
by Elena S. Stolyarik and John M. Kleeberg
The Scythians have fascinated investigators since the time of Herodotus. This study examines the bronze and silver coinage of the kingdom of Scythia Minor in Dobruja at the mouth of the Danube River, a Scythian successor state that emerged in the second century BCE after the breakup of Scythia Magna. It is based on a corpus of over 1,500 coins, more than ever before, and draws upon scholarship in nine languages, including hard-to-find sources from Bulgaria, Romania, USSR, Ukraine, and Russia. The much-debated chronology of the six kings of Scythia Minor (Kanites, Tanousas, Charaspes, Ailis, Sariakes, and Akrosas) is determined through literary evidence, inscriptions, die linkage, shared monograms, coin hoards, and counterstamps.
Metrological analysis distinguishes four denominations, plus the alterations and debasements of the weight standard during the troubled reigns of Ailis and Sariakes. Fifteen counterstamps that appear on Scythian coins are attributed to the local Greek poleis of Callatis, Tomis, Istros, and Dionysopolis. An inventory of four hoards and 47 findspots of single coins identifies the mint site, Dionysopolis. The volume concludes with a catalog of 63 major coin types and 15 counterstamps, plus bibliography and index.
ISBN: 978-0-89722-405-5 (US)
ISBN: 978-0-89722-406-2 (RoW)
ISBN: 978-0-89722-408-6 (ebook)
Hardcover, viii + 225 pp., 8.5" x 11", b/w illustrations throughout
ANS Members: $105 + s/h. Non-Members: $150 + s/h. Apply Member discount code during checkout.
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