Kings of Thrace - The Silver of Seuthes

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The silver coinage in the name of Seuthes has been most frequently attributed to Seuthes I, though given the paucity of information and find evidence a definitive attribution to this king remains elusive. Stylistic and metrological analysis suggest a date of issue in the period of the mid-5th to mid-4th century BC (see Peter, p. 78), though this could equally well apply to either Seuthes I or II.

The former is ingloriously remembered for ending the campaign of his uncle King Sitalkes in Macedon, after allowing himself to be bribed by the Macedonian king Perdikkas II. Thucydides speculated that Seuthes had a hand in the death of his uncle, to whose throne he succeeded in 424 BC. Yet, under his rule, the Odrysian kingdom grew to new heights of power and wealth. Upon his death he was succeeded by Amadokos I, who made Seuthes II ruler of the kingdom's Aegean shore territories.

Kings of Thrace. Seuthes I or II AR Trihemiobol. Circa 424-405 BC or 405-386 BC. Forepart of horse to right / ΣEV within linear border. Peter p.77 = Topalov p.172. 0.84g, 10mm, 12h.

Mint State. Of the highest rarity. Apparently only the second known example, one of only half a dozen known silver coins in the name of Seuthes.