Tribes, Dynasts and Kingdoms of Northern Greece
History and Numismatics


Saratocus   Rex Thraciae   410-380 BC
Σαράτοκος   Βασιλέας Θράκης



   Babelon ca. 400 BC; Head ca. 400 BC; Moushmov: ca 400 BC; Pauly: 415-385 BC;
Peter: late 5th - early 4th c. BC; Sear ca. 400 BC; Stancomb: ca. 400 BC; Topalov 444-424 BC;
Youroukova: ca. 400 BC


   Saratokos is a Thracian ruler known only from his coinage. The exquisite style of his coins indicates that they belong to the age of fine striking of coins, the first quarter of the 4th century BC. A bunch of grapes or grapes hanging from a vine, link this coinage to that of Maronea. The Satyr and Kantharos with the name of Saratokos is duplicate of the corresponding coin of Thasos. This closeness of the coin types make it possible to establish in general lines the territories of Saratokos, which occupied the south-western part of Thrace between Abdera and Maroneia and reached as far as the island of Thasos.

   The silver coinage of  Saratokos, trihemiobols with an average weight of 0.95 g and diobols of 1.20 g, were struck, as was the case of the coinage of Thasos, Maronea, Ainos, Abdera, Byzantium etc., according to the Chian standard. The closeness to the eastern coin standards facilitated trade connections between the Greek colonies situated along the Thracian coast-line and the Great Eastern Monarchy.

   The name of Saratokos is also connected with one rare bronze coin of a very small denomination. The type, a bearded Satyr and a bunch of grapes, allows to attribute it to the coinage of Saratokos, as an inscription is lacking.
[Youroukova 1976, Peter 1997]


v74 Saratocus Rex Thraciae
v74 BMC 1
AR   11 mm   1.14 g   Peter p. 100; Topalov (2005) 65; Youroukova ---
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748 Saratocus Rex Thraciae 1835 Saratocus Rex Thraciae 873 Saratocus Rex Thraciae Trihemiobol AR 894 Saratocus Rex Thraciae Trihemiobol AR
SHH 748 SHH 1835
SHH 873
SHH 894
997 Saratocus Rex Thraciae Trihemiobol AR
1330 Saratocus Rex Thraciae Trihemiobol AR 1717 Saratocus Rex Thraciae Trihemiobol AR 2390 Saratocus Rex Thraciae Trihemiobol AR
SHH 997
SHH 1330
SHH 1717
SHH 2390
AR   9-12 mm   0.62-1.14 g   Peter p. 99; Topalov (2005) 66/67; Youroukova 30
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946 Thracian Kingdom Saratokos Trihemiobol AR 658 Thracian Kingdom Saratokos Trihemiobol AR 998 Thracian Kingdom Saratokos Trihemiobol AR 2327 Thracian Kingdom Saratokos Trihemiobol AR
SHH 946 SHH 658 SHH 998
SHH 2327
2793 Saratocus Rex Thraciae Trihemiobol AR 3385 Saratocus Rex Thraciae Trihemiobol AR 3966 Saratocus Rex Thraciae Trihemiobol AR
SHH 2793 SHH 3385
SHH 3966
AR   9-12 mm   0.67-0.98 g   Peter p. 100; Topalov (2005) 69; Youroukova 28/29
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v77 Berlin 1820----
AR   ? mm   ? g   Peter p. 100; Topalov (2005) 68; Youroukova ---
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5667 Saratocus Rex Thraciae AR
SHH 5667
AR   8 mm   0.37-0.38 g   Peter ---; Topalov (2005) 70; Youroukova ---
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