Отново за среброто от Пловдивското съкровище (IGCH 869), съхранявано в НАИМ–БАН

Again on the silver from Plovdiv hoard (IGCH 869) housed in NIAM–BAS

  • Boryana Russeva Department of Numismatics and Epigraphy, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Saborna Str., 1000 Sofia


The date of Skostokos’ silver coins cannot be considered before the death of Lysimachus precisely because of the composition of Plovdiv hoard – the only known so far hoard of its kind containing this type and kind of coins. It was published by T. Gerassimov (Герасимов 1942, 93-106, pl. 1-3) and republished by K. Dimitrov (Димитров 1984, 57-81). Its subsequent interpretation here is due to a work recently issued by Fischer-Bossert (Fischer-Bossert 2005, 49-74, pl. 3-8) as the author radically changes the reading of the so called Skostokos – Lysimachus’ type of silver tetradrachms known from the studies of Bulgarian and foreign savants including the review on the Plovdiv hoard coins.

Studying the Lysimachi bearing the symbol of herma in Plovdiv hoard on the grounds of Fischer-Bossert’ analysis, we cannot definitely accept his assertion that all the coins of Skostokos in this type of deposit are more worn-out than the later Macedonian Alexanders from the time of Gonatаs. The reason for the shabby look of the tetradrachms of Skostokos is to be the very strong corrosion that has damaged the surface of most of them as well as of the majority of coins in the hoard.

Precisely the later Macedonian tetradrachms in Plovdiv hoard are dating the concealment of his coins as well as of the part of the Ainos and Skostokos’ Lysimachi. This hoard might have been a reminiscence of some dramatic events Skostokos experienced together with the rest of the citizens from the Northern Aegean and Thracian Chersonesos provoked by the battle near Lysimacheia bringing glory and royal wreath to Antigonus Gonatаs. That is, the interpretation on the silver coinage of Skostokos proposed by K. Dimitrov in the distant 1984 in my view remains acceptable with the proviso that its chronology has to be even earlier. Although ambitiously stated, the reading of F.-Bossert is not enough credible and needs more new arguments apart from the documented dieconnections of this coinage with not a single one royal Lysimachus’ atelier. What is the reason – a technological, political or both of them, is yet to be clarified, only after the Corpus of Lysimachus’ coinage becomes reality.

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