Numismatic Abstraction


Above: Slightly barbarized Thasos-type tetradrachm (16.8g), Thrace, c. 140-72 BC, Sear 215, Göbl Class I, cf. SNG Fitz. 1827. Below: Highly abstracted "barbarous imitation" of Thasos tetradrachm, or Thracian tetradrachm (16.8g), Thrace, c. 72-31 BC, Sear 216, Göbl Class V, cf. Lukanc 1830, 1831.








  Barbarous imitations of Thasos tetradrachms, which I'm calling Thracian tetradrachms, flaunt some of the most abstracted styles of any coins. What follows are illustrations of these coins, which were minted primarily by Thracians living to the northeast of Greece in the first century BC.

More on Thracian tetradrachms at the links below, starting with
Abstraction Progression. Other pages of mine on coins copying Athens, Alexander the Great, Lysimachos, Parion, Thasos, Constantine the Great, and other coins can be found at my site on Ancient Imitative Coinage.


The material on Thracian tetradrachms presented here is an elaboration of a four-part article series of mine that appeared in the July through October 2004 issues of The Celator magazine, which won the Numismatic Literary Guild award for "Best Article" of 2004 in the World Commercial Numismatic Magazines, Coins category.



Abstraction Progression


Imitations and Thrace

Art and Barbarism

Chronology and Attribution

Origins and Collecting



More Info

Other glomworthy coins:

Oldest Coins

 Athenian Owls

Alexander the Great Coins

Medusa Coins

Thracian Tetradrachms

House of Constantine

Draped Bust Coins

Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles

Coin sites:
Coin Collecting: Consumer Protection Guide
Glomming: Coin Connoisseurship
Bogos: Counterfeit Coins

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