THRACE. KOSON GOLD STATER. MID 1st CENTURY BC.

Ancient Coins - THRACE. KOSON GOLD STATER. MID 1st CENTURY BC.
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There has been debate as to what Koson means, who Koson might have been, and who actually issued these coins.  One of the two top theories are that Koson is a Thracian dynast currently known history other than his name on these coins, and that they were issued in Dacia in 3rd quarter of the 1st century BC.  The second is they were minted in Thrace by Brutus about 42 BC to pay Thracian or Dacian soldiers to fight for him against the forces of Octavian (a battle Brutus lost). In my opinion, this type with the BR monogram are Brutus issues and that KOΣΩN BR  is a transliteration of "OF THE COS BR", meaning OF THE CONSUL BRUTUS. There are staters of this type that are cruder and lack the BR, which I believe are Dacian Imitations of this Brutus issue.
 
Denomination: gold stater.
 
Date: 3rd quarter of the 1st century BC, possibly 42 BC.
 
Reference: RPC 1701a
 
Size: 18.0 x 18.6 mm.  Weight: 8.59 grams.
 
Grade: XF but the obverse die was slightly worn.  Minor light color encrustation on the obverse.
 
Obverse: Brutus walking left between 2 lictors, copies directly from his denarius of 54 BC deferring only in that on the denarius there is a accensus walking before them, and that the BRVTVS inscription on the denarius has been changed to KOΣON.  There is a monogram that might be a Latin BR to the left of the lictors.
 
Reverse: Eagle standing left on scepter, holding a wreath in it's claws.  It is less clear if this design is derived from any Roman coin, but it does have a vague similarity or the eagle on the Q. Cassius Longinus denarius of 55 BC. 
 
Provenance: I purchased this coin here in Calgary from a long time collector who had it for many years, having previously purchased it from me.
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