Gold Coins of Koson in Earring Mounts

 

Gold Coins of Koson in Earring Mounts

Two ancient Roman gold staters of Koson set in modern gold bezel mounted earrings.
Obv. Roman consul walking left between two lictors / KOSON in exergue
Rev. Eagle on scepter left holding wreath

Ca. 50-40 BC.

The conventional view is that these coins were struck by a Thracian king named Koson in association with Roman senator Brutus due to their similarity to the coin issue Brutus struck as a moneyer in 54 BC. However, many of these coins have been found north of Thrace in Transylvania. An alternate attribution is that they were struck by a Geto-Dacian king named Kotison with whom Octavian had sought to arrange an alliance.

cf.: Iliescu 1; RPC I 1701; BMC Thrace p. 208, 2. Superb EF.

Formerly in the S. G. collection, New York.

Inv#: 7398

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