Gold Coins of Koson in Earring Mounts
Two ancient Roman gold staters of Koson set in modern gold bezel mounted earrings.
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.