Coin of the Month

September 2014: The Coin of Saratokos

This silver coin was minted around 400 B.C. during the dynasty of Saratokos, a ruler who is known only through his coinage. The profile of a man's head on the obverse could be a portrait of Saratokos, whose name can be read by its first few letters on the reverse side. Saratokos based his coinage on the Greek coins of the region; one finds for example the imagery of grapes on a vine-stalk on the reverse of coins for the city Maroneia as well. This and other findings suggest that his dominion extended to southwest Thrace.