Georgian Imitations of Lysimachus Type Staters

Illustration

Tedo Dundua
by geonumismatics.tsu.ge
published on 23 February 2018

Gold.

The weights range from 1,1 to 7,9 gr. d=18-24 mm.

Obverse: Non-naturalistic head, right; radiant hair-style sometimes ornamented with bird-effigies.

Reverse: Schematic Athena enthroned, left/right, holding Nike, trident below.

Mint: Unknown.
Nominal: Gold. 1,1gr.-7,9 gr.
Date: After the 80s of the 2nd c. BCE-the last quarter of the 1st c. BCE

When there was no central authority in Colchis, the local lords used to strike the coins according to some popular patterns (like the staters of Alexander and Lysimachus) in circulation never being particularly scrupulous about the general quality of the images and usually distorting the inscriptions.

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