Thrace, the land of Orpheus and Euridice, is a historical landscape bounded by the river
Strymon to the west, by the Euxine to the east, by the Hellespont to the south and by the Haimos to the north.
This melting pot of cultures shows not only famous funeral mounds of Thracian kings,
but also an extremely rich, multi-variant and continual Greek coinage.
Despite the considerable number of large port cities and beautiful harbours in the Greek oecumene and the enormous importance of lighthouses for navigation, images of lighthouses on coins are rare, with the exception of Alexandria’s—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. To our knowledge, coins of Istros are the only known Roman provincial coins that show a river god in combination with a lighthouse.
The Coin of this Month is presented by Ulrike Peter / Vladimir Stolba