Ταφικός "θησαυρός" χάλκινων νομισμάτων 4ου αι. π.Χ. από τον Άγιο Χριστόφορο νομού ΣερρώνPart of : Αρχαιολογικόν δελτίον ; Vol.37, 1982, pages 188-202
Burial hoard of bronze coins of 4th C. BC from Ayios Christophoros, nomos of Serres
In May of 1982 a burial hoard of 98 bronze coins was found in an ancient cemetery at Ay. Christophoros. The hoard consisted of 61 coins of Philip II of the type Head of Apollo/Horseman, 19 of Alexander III of the type Head of Heracles/Weapons and 18 of the city of Philippi of the type Head of Heracles/Tripods. The burial of the hoard and the burial of the corpse are dated to ca 320 BC.A study of this hoard together with another larger one from Drama, published in ANSMN XI (1964), p. 37-52, and a comparison with 9 hoards from East Macedonia and I from Rumania has led to some very useful conclusions about bronze coin-minting and the circulation of coins in the times of Philip and Alexander. Some of the more important are mentioned here:The coins of Philip: the issues bearing a device were struck during his reign, and the others with a letter or monogram in the reign of Alexander, in other words, posthumously. The issues on which the horseman wears kausia cannot have been the first to be struck, but were probably after 348 BC.The coins of Alexander: two workshops functioned, one of which stopped; the issues with orwithout a device were the first; and those with a letter or monogram also continued to be struck for some years after his death.The coins of Philippi: they are divided into 4 groups with 3 subgroups in the first; the autonomous minting of bronze coinage by the city began in 356 BC and continued probably until 327 BC, into Alexander’s time.The circulation of coins: we can say that all three continued to circulate for quite a number of years after they ceased to be minted, this being more certain for those of Philip and Alexander; the coinage of the city of Philippi circulated over most of modern East Macedonia, while the coins of Philip and Alexander also circulated outside the borders of the Macedonian realm.An important question arising is, where were the royal coins minted? In my opinion the evidence of the hoards points with considerable certainty to the city of Philippi.
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