Collection of Greek Coins of Thrace
Mostis Rex Thraciae   135-85 BC
Μόστις Βασιλέας Θράκης



Copenhagen: ca. 200 BC and later; Head: ca. 200 BC and later; Moushmov: ca. 200 BC;
Peykov 128-86(?) BC; Sayar: 133-86 BC; Sear: 2nd c. BC; Youroukova ca. 125-75 BC


   Mostis appears to have been King of the Caeni (Καινοί) who inhabited the northern littoral of the Propontis between Bisanthe, a Samian colony, and Perinthos.

   The dating of his coins in the last quarter of the 2nd and the early 1st c. BC is based on the historical events  in Thrace and the Propontis in that period of time. After the end of the Kingdom of Pergamon 133 BC the Romans allocated the Thracian Chersonesos and the Thracian coast to the province of Macedonia. However, they were not able to attain complete control of the region. Although several tribes from the western parts of  Thrace were allies to Rome, a large portion of the thracians supported Mithradates VI of Pontos. Only after the victory of Sullas over Mithridates 86 BC did the Romans subdue Thrace completely. The reign of Mostis lies very probably in the period from 133 to 86 BC. The regnal years on his tetradrachms indicate that it lasted at least 38 years. [M. Sayar, 1992]

Mostis is known from his coins and from the following epigraphs found in the region of present day Tekirdag.
[Mustafa H. Sayar, 1992]
 
Mostis Inscription Bisanthe
Mostis Inscription Eraeitae
ΥΠΕΡ  ΒΑ[Σ]ΙΛΕΩΣ
ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ ΓΛΑΥ
ΚΙΑΣ ΖΩΤΑ ΒΕΙΣΑΝΘΗ
ΝΟΣ ΑΡΤΕΜΩΝ ΑΡΤΕ
ΜΩΝΟΣ ΑΠΑΜΕΥΣ ΔΙ
Ι ΣΩΤΗΡΙ ΚΑΙ ΑΘΗΝΑΙ
ΝΕΙΚΗΦΟΡΩΙ


ΥΠΕΡ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ
ΚΑΙ ΔΗΜΟΥ ΗΡΑΕΙΤΩΝ
ΗΓΕΣΤΡΑΤΟΣ ΠΟΤΑΜΩΝΟΣ
ΑΓΟΡΑΝΟΜΗΣΑΣ ΕΡΜΗΝ
ΑΓΟΡΑΙΟΝ ΑΝΕΘΗΚΕΝ


 

In honor of King Mostis, Glaukias son of Zotas, the Bisanthean, (and) Artemon son of Artemon, the Apameian, (set up) Zeus Soter and Athena Nikephoros
In honor of King Mostis and the people of Heraion Hegestratos son of Potamon having served as market inspector devoted Hermes Agoraios.



Monogramms - Symbols - Countermarks AR 
Monogramms - Symbols - Countermarks AE 

1042 Thrace Mostis Tetradrachm AR
SHH 1042
Mostis / Athena; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ / ΕΤΟΥΣnn
Tetradrachm AR  28-37 mm   15.89-16.84 g   Peykov C4510
 
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5784 Thrace Mostis Tetradrachm AR
SHH 5784
Mostis / Athena; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ / ΕΠΙ ΣΑΔΑΛΟΥ ΕΤΟΥΣnn
Tetradrachm AR  32-39 mm   15.64-16.93 g   Peykov C4500
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1471 Thrace Mostis AE 2235 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 1471 SHH 2235
3417 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 3874 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 3417
SHH 3874
5230 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 5377 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 5230
SHH 5377
5451 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 5451
Apollo / Horse; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ
AE  14-20 mm   1.76-6.1 g   Peykov C4720/C4750
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7131 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 7131
Apollo / Horse; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ
AE  7 mm   0.33 g   Paunov AE 10; Peykov C4750
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5130 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 5293 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 5374 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 5130
SHH 5293 SHH 5374
5507 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 6055 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 5507
SHH 6055
Helmeted Head / Thorax; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ; Monogramm
AE  16-19 mm   3.14-4.90 g   Peykov C47100/C4710
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1070 Thrace Mostis AE
SHH 1070
2124 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 2016 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 2124 SHH 2016
3496 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 3710 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 3496 SHH 3710
5304 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 5378 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 5304
SHH 5378
5442 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 5829 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 5442 SHH 5829
6043 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 6115 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 6043
SHH 6115
Zeus, Hera / Eagle, Thunderbolt; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ
AE  15-23 mm   3.41-6.64 g   Peykov C4680/C4690
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5601 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 5601
Male Head / Eagle, Thunderbolt; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ
AE  12 mm   1.38 g   Peykov C4800
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(Moushmov 5770)
Herakles / Grapes; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ
AE   ? mm   ? g   Statistics 40/1   Images 40/1

5527 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 6788 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 5527 SHH 6788
Mercurius / Caduceus; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ
AE   10-13 mm   1.60-1.92 g   Statistics 50/1   Images 50/1


(Youroukova 144)
Artemis / Caduceus; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ
AE   10 mm   ? g   Statistics 55/1   Images 55/1


(Peykov C4790)
Artemis / Vase ; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ
AE  15 mm   2.00 g   Peykov C4790
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5600 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 5767 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE 6242 Mostis Rex Thraciae AE
SHH 5600
SHH 5767 SHH 6242
Zeus / Gorytos; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΣΤΙΔΟΣ
AE  13-17 mm   2.83-3.71 g   Peykov C4760;  Youroukova (1976) 142
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