Corpus Nummorum Online is an open access numismatic web portal that aims to collect and
present comprehensive regional datasets of Greek and Roman provincial coinage and offers
a research tool for their processing and analysis. The material is arranged by regions and
mints, as well as by chronology and types. At present, you can browse through and search
for coins and coin types minted in Moesia Inferior, Thrace, Mysia, and the Troad.
On the silver coins of Istros minted during the Classical and Hellenistic periods, two antithetic young male heads with curly hair are depicted on the obverse. The reverse sides of these drachms and trihemiobols feature the city's municipal coat of arms: the eagle above a dolphin, which is an image that the other two Milesian daughter cities on the Pontos—Sinope and Olbia—also used for their coinage. The obverse motif of these abundant coins, which were minted for decades, is singular. A satisfactory or convincing interpretation, however, of what these two young men's heads represent has not been found to date.
The Coin of this Month is presented by Ulrike Peter