Estimate: 3000 GBP
Price realized: 2400 GBP
Tribes of Thrace, the Dentheletae Æ21. Late 5th Century BC. Head of Dionysos left, wearing ivy wreath / ΔΑΝΤΗΛΗΤΩΝ, warrior charging right with sword, holding shield in defensive position. Prokopov, Turnovo 2012, 143-173, 144 ff. and Plate. 1 No. 5. Further examples recorded in: A. Topalov, Urban Bronze Coins of small Denomination from the Propontis Area, Sofia 2005, Nr. 59; Ägyptische, griechische, etruskische, römische Altertümer: Sammlung Prof. Dr. Ernst Pfuhl, Basel; Sammlung Dr. Philipp Lederer, Lugano und anderer Besitz; Vasen, Terrakotten, Bronzen, Marmorfiguren und -reliefs, Gläser, Schmuck; Auction in Luzern, Wednesday, 21. Mai 1941. Luzern, Galerie Fischer 1941 (1941) 169. 15.41g, 20mm, 8h.
Round regular flan, well centred, Good Very Fine. Extremely Rare.
One of the most powerful Thracian tribes, the Dentheletae ruled the upper Strymon valley, far from the coast and centres of Hellenistic culture. This interesting piece clearly shows that despite this, the tribe had contact with Hellenistic influences and that it absorbed and assimilated them. Indeed, Livy attested that the Dentheletae were allies of Philip V of Macedon (Ab Urbe Condita, Book XL, pp22), though this was not to save them from Hellenistic warmongering: he plundered their lands for supplies in 214 BC during the First Macedonian War.