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Stratum plus. 2003-2004. №6

A. N. Levinschi, M. M. Ciocanu (Kishinev, Moldova)

The New Hoard of Huşi-Vovrieşti Type Tetra-Drachms and the Issue of the First Date of the Barbarian Coinage of Phillip II’s Coins

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Pages: 374-392


A new hoard of barbarian coins of Huşi-Vovrieşti type has been recently discovered in the Tabani village (northern Republic of Moldova): 32 silver tetra-drachms with notches and marks of over-minting were buried in a Getian hand-made ceramic cup. Such coins had been re-dated. Their emergence is determined within the third quarter of 4th c. B.C. They seem to represent the “national currency” of the East-Carpathian Getians. Going back to this issue we have established that the first Phillip’s tetra-drachms of barbarian coinage were minted using genuine matrices and silver of good quality. They used to be originals for some time.
After the war of 339 with Atheas’s Scythians, while passing through Thracia’s hinterland on his way home Phillip was attacked by the Triballi. The Macedonians were defeated and Philip was severely wounded. Among other loot, the Triballi got Philip II’s field mint together with the silver tribute collected from Black Sea towns. The Getians were part of the Triballi’s Kingdom but they received coins of poor quality minted using worn-out matrices.




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