Collection of Greek Coins of Thrace

Dixazelmeus Rex Thraciae    100-1 BC
Διξαζελμεύς Βασιλέας Θράκης


BM Black Sea: 1st c. BC; Κουρτίδης: 1st C. BC; Moushmov: ??? BC; Peykov: 87-70 BC;
Pauly:
---; Youroukova: ---

Dixazelmeus was a Thracian Dynast of whom virtually nothing is known. His extremely rare coinage is usually dated to 75-50 BC, a date that seems rather late for the style and the fabrique of the flans. In fact, Evgeni I. Paunov has recently argued that Dixazelmeus was the predecessor of Mostis, a Dynast whose reign can safely be dated not later than the last quarter of the 2nd Century BC (Evgeni I. Paunov: The Coinage of the Thracian King Mostis, in: Proceedings of the First International Congress of the Anatolian Monetary History and Numismatics, Antalya, 25-28 February 2013, p. 457 ff). This would place Dixazelmeus in the mid 2nd Century. Only six coins in his name have been published to date: Two in the BM, one in the ANS, one recorded by Moushmov, and two offered by Gorny & Mosch as lot 128 in their auction 207 of 2012, and recently, in 2016, as lot 1296 in auction 241. Our coin appears to be a hitherto unpublished, larger denomination: not only is it considerably heavier than all the other specimens, it is also the only coin with a laureate head of Apollo on the obverse rather than the usual head of a youthful Dionysos with an ivy-wreath.
[Obolos 6/279, 20.11.2016]

6279 Dixazelmeus Rex Thraciae AE
5. SHH 6279
Apollo / Pointed Amphora; BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ΔΙΞΑTΕΛΜΕΩΣ
AE   15-18 mm  
3.70-6.58 g   BM Black Sea 320/321; Peykov C6100
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