Book Series The Numismatic Notes and Monographs, vol. 173

The Bronze Coins of Eastern Mount Ossa in the Thessalian Perioikic Region of Magnesia

Homolion, Eureai, Eurymenai, and Meliboia

Anna Magdalena Blomley

  • Pages: approx. xxiv + 224 p.
  • Size:152 x 229 mm
  • Illustrations:54 b/w, 7 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023

  • ISBN: 978-0-89722-395-9
  • Hardback
  • Forthcoming (Dec/23)



This monograph examines the Late Classical and Hellenistic bronze coinages of five mints in the Thessalian perioikic region of Magnesia. At the core of this work lies a new die-study of the coins produced by the strategically and economically important coastal cities of Homolion and Meliboia as well as the lesser-known mints of Eureai, Eurymenai, and Rhizous. Combining this die-study with a close examination of the cities’ topographical context in a border region between Thessaly and Macedon and drawing on archaeological data from Magnesia and beyond, the monograph addresses key questions concerning the chronology, denominations, and circulation patterns of the bronze issues minted on eastern Mount Ossa. This analysis not only throws new light on coin production in Late Classical and Hellenistic Magnesia, but also allows a discussion of the possible military and non-military functions of the region’s different bronze issues.

Placing the coins of Eureai, Eurymenai, Homolion, Meliboia, and Rhizous in their wider context, this monograph furthermore addresses broader issues in the history of Thessalian coinage. In particular, the monograph’s regional approach offers an unusual opportunity to examine to what extent Thessaly’s Late Classical and Hellenistic civic coins were genuinely local in design, production, and function. The monograph thus both explores the coins of Mount Ossa and contributes towards a better understanding of the introduction and development of bronze coinages in the wider Thessalian region and beyond.


List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Plates

1. Setting the Scene: Thessalian Bronze Coinages
2. The Topography and Political Geography of Eastern Mount Ossa
3. The Cities of Eastern Mount Ossa and their Coinages (Homolion, Meliboia, Eurymenai, Rhizous, and Eureai)
4. The Chronology of the Coinages of Mount Ossa
5. The Bronze Coinages of Northeastern Magnesia: Circulation, Denominations, and Patterns of Minting Activity
6. The Bronze Coinages of Northeastern Magnesia: Two Possible Functions
7. Conclusion: Bronze Coinages between Magnesia, Thessaly, and Macedone

Appendix I: Catalogue of Coins
Appendix II: Tables
Indexes (Coins by Collection, Coins by Excavation and Findspot, Coins by Auction, Sources, General)