MAIASK. 2018. No. 10
I.S. Prokopov (Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria)
“BAD-STYLE” COINS OR IMITATIONS?
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The aim of this
article is to discuss a very important topic of interest and to define the
character of an immense group of coins, namely — the group of the
tetradrachms, which, according to the author, are called the tetradrachms of
the island of Thasos,
and the “Thasos type” tetradrachms of
“bad-style”. A number of authors have supported the hypothesis that the coins
in question are eastern Celtic imitations. The author of this article has
analyzed a number of large coin hoards, which he has already sorted and
published. The methodology includes the analysis of spatial distribution; the
examination of the internal chronology and dynamics of the coinage; a
“die-study”. The author has divided the coinage in terms of names and types
of Thasians present on the coins in three main groups: original — up until
approximately the end of the 2nd Century BCE; of a “Thasos type” under the
control of the Roman administration in Macedonia in the period up until ca.
80 BCE; imitative — after 70 BCE. At the same time, the author has given his
own definition regarding which tetradrachms of the “Dionysios Soter” type are
imitations. These are the rough and almost completely barbarous imitations,
on which the legends are simply forged by marks. The images are stylized and
they diverge from the prototype. The coins themselves, which have so far been
called imitations, the author has divided into three groups: the first and
the second ones he refers to as “bad-style” coins, whereas the third one he
calls “real” imitations. The question of the so-called imitations of the
tetradrachms of the Macedonian regions has been touched upon, as well.
words: numismatics, coins, tetradrachims, imitations, Celts, Thracians.
Received December 12, 2018
Accepted for publication December 29, 2018