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Description: The first in the world's coinage realistic portraits placed on coins are of the early rulers of Thracian Odrysian kingdoms. Until recently it was assumed that the first coins of ancient coinage with a realistic portrait of the ruler are since the time of the Macedonian ruler Alexander III (336-323 BC). According to studies in the past 25 years was proven that the realistic portraits of Alexander III as head with rams horns were placed on coins of Lysimachus minted between 301-281 BC. But, the disclosed artefacts showed that even before the era of Alexander III, the consistently reigned kings of the Thracian Odrysian kingdom are placed on the prestigious coins the own's realistic portraits (464-340 BG). Before that, on the face of the coins were placed the images of deities, of mythical heroes, but not of the real historical figures.
Svetozar Stoyanov and Stavri Topalov Collection
Presented in the National Art Gallery (NAG), Sofia, january 2014.
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