One Lost Coin Hoard with Tetradrachms in the Name of Philip IІ from Village Elshnitsa, Blagoevgrad District Cover Image
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Едно изгубено монетно съкровище от тетрадрахми с името на Филип II oт село Елешница, област Благоевград
One Lost Coin Hoard with Tetradrachms in the Name of Philip IІ from Village Elshnitsa, Blagoevgrad District

Author(s): Ilya S. Prokopov
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Economy, Geography, Regional studies, Regional Geography, Maps / Cartography, Economic history, Local History / Microhistory, Ancient World
Published by: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология - Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The author makes a reconstruction of one scattered coin hoard. The coins are discovered in the village of Eleshnitsa, Blagoevgrad district. The village is situated on both sides of the Zlataritsa River, a tributary of the Mesta river (anc. Nestus). The coin hoard is homogeneous. It is composed only of tetradrachms with the name of Philip II (359-336).The author analyzes all similar finds from Southwestern Bulgaria. This is the territory of the rivers Struma (anc. Strymon) and Mesta. There are also 6 very similar homogeneous coin hoards: Pelatikovo, Kyustendil district; Dupnitsa, Kyustendil district (IGCH 729); Ranentsi, Kyustendil district (IGCH 821); Kyustendil area; Gospodintsi, Gotse Delchev area (IGCH 819); Ribnovo, Gotse Delchev area (IGCH 820). Of them in the valley of Upper Struma are: Pelatikovo, Kyustendil district; Dupnitsa, Kyustendil district (IGCH 729); Ranentsi, Kyustendil district (IGCH 821); and Kyustendil area. The coin hoard from the village of Eleshnitsa is territorially situated between the finds from Upper Struma and the coin hoards from Gospodintsi, Gotse Delchev area (IGCH 819) and Ribnovo, Gotse Delchev area (IGCH 820). The last two coin hoards are downstream of the Mesta River.In addition to the homogeneous finds, the author commented and the mixed ones, which are found in the north in the region of the town of Pernik and the city of Sofia.The closest parallel of the coin hoards from the village of Eleshnitsa is the coin hoard from the village of Pelatikovo, Kyustendil district. There are 6 tetradrachms from Pelatikovo identical to 5 tetradrachms from Eleshnitsa.The find from the village of Eleshnitsa probably was hidden shortly after 294 BC. It can be assumed it happened at the time of the struggles between Demetrius Poliorcetes and Lysimachos?

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 23
  • Page Range: 83-94
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English, Bulgarian