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Colchis & Iberia in Antiquity
Articleby Tedo Dundua

Colchis & Iberia in Antiquity

Colchis (western Georgia) and Kartli/Iberia (eastern and southern Georgia) were important regions in the Caucasus area of Eurasia from the Bronze Age of the 15th century BCE. Prospering through agriculture and trade, the region attracted...
Map of Colchis
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Map of Colchis

Detail from the map “Bosporus, Maeotis, Iberia, Albania et Sarmatia Asiatica “ by CHRISTOPHORUS CELLARIUS (1638-1707), from the book “Notitiae Orbis Antiqui sive Geographiae Plenioris Tomus Alter Asiam et Africam“, printed in Leipzig by Gleditschi...
Copper Coin of Dioscurias, Colchis
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Copper Coin of Dioscurias, Colchis

Copper. The weight range: chalkos e.g. – 1,3-3,1 gr., dichalkon e.g. – 3,7-5 gr., tetrachalkon e.g. – 6,1 gr. d≈14 mm. Obverse: Caps of Dioscuri, surmounted by six, or eight-pointed stars. Reverse: Thyrsos of Dionysus, i.e. of Mithridates...
Colchis Alexander Stater
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Colchis Alexander Stater

Pure gold. Weight – 8,5 gr. d=17/18 mm. Obverse: Diademed head of Alexander the Great, right, wearing horn of Ammon. Reverse: Athena Pallas enthroned, left, holding Nike in an open right hand and resting left hand on the arm of the...
Copper Coins Struck in Vani (Colchis)
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Copper Coins Struck in Vani (Colchis)

Copper. The weights range: hemichalkon – 0,8 gr.-1,1 gr., chalkos – 1,2 gr.-2,1 gr. d=12-13/14-15 mm. for hemichalkon, d=11/13-16 mm. for chalkos. Obverse: Stylized effigy of lotus – Isis’ decoration. Reverse: Eight-pointed star...
Drachm of Aristarchus the Colchian
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Drachm of Aristarchus the Colchian

Silver. The weights range from 3,2 to 3,7 gr. Obverse: Head of beardless man, diademed and crowned with the rays, right (Helios with Gnaeus Pompejus’ features). Reverse: Tyche seated on a throne, wearing a tall crown, right. Vessel...
Ancient Belt from Colchis
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Ancient Belt from Colchis

Belt of an ancient noble from Colchis, found in Vani, Imereti region of western Georgia, in burial no. 24 dating from the end of the 4th century BCE. Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi.
Golden Plaque from Ancient Colchis
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Golden Plaque from Ancient Colchis

The golden plaque from ancient Colchis (present-day Georgia) once belonged to a Colchian noblewoman. It was found in burial no. 13 at the archaeological site of Sairkhe, and it has representations of a lion, a bull, and a boar. It was made...
Georgian Imitations of Alexander Type Staters
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Georgian Imitations of Alexander Type Staters

Description, picture: Gold. The weights range from 1,6 to 3,7 gr. d=13-18/19 mm. Obverse: Non-naturalistic head, right. Reverse: Bull-headed, or ram-headed schematic Nike, facing. Mint: Unknown. Nominal: Gold. 1,6 gr.-3,7 gr...
Georgian Imitations of Lysimachus Type Staters
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Georgian Imitations of Lysimachus Type Staters

Gold. The weights range from 1,1 to 7,9 gr. d=18-24 mm. Obverse: Non-naturalistic head, right; radiant hair-style sometimes ornamented with bird-effigies. Reverse: Schematic Athena enthroned, left/right, holding Nike, trident...
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