Scythian Dynasts Koson (c. 50-25 BC ?). AV Stater (8,45 g), Olbia (?).

Ancient Coins - Scythian Dynasts Koson (c. 50-25 BC ?). AV Stater (8,45 g), Olbia (?).
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Scythian Dynasts. Koson (c. 50-25 BC ?). AV Stater (8,45 g), Olbia (?).
Obv. Roman Consul, togate, walking left between two lictors; below, KOΣΩN.
Rev. Eagle standing left on sceptre, holding wreath.
RPC I, 1701; BMC Thrace p. 208, 2.
 
The coins contain Roman iconography: on the obverse, there is an eagle standing on a scepter and holding a wreath in their claw (inspired by the silver denarii issued by Pomponius Rufus); the reverse contains three men dressed in togas, two of them holding an axe on the shoulder (possibly inspired by the silver denarii issued by Marcus Junius Brutus in 54 BC) 
 
 
Erasmus of Rotterdam was the first to mention this enigmatic gold issue in 1520. There has been much debate over the centuries as to who issued these coins, but they are usually attributed to a Scythian dynast named Koson.
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