Miltiades II and his alleged mint in the Chersonesos

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Abstract

Miltiades II is credited with issuing a series of coins which play a key part in determining the nature of his rule in the Chersonesos, as well as attesting to the use of the Attic monetary standard in the region before the Ionian War. In this paper we provide a new corpus and analysis of the coins which we use to show that the coins were not minted on the Attic standard. Instead we demonstrate they were minted on the 'heavy' Persian standard which was only introduced c. 480 B.C. Ironically, it appears the coins were not symbols of Athenian control, but were minted at Kardia and used for trade in the Persian-dominated region sometime in the period from 478 - 466 B.C.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-25
Number of pages15
JournalHistoria - Zeitschrift fur Alte Geschichte
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • Miltiades II
  • Chersonesos
  • Kardia
  • Attic standard
  • Persian standard

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