Rhoemetalces III

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O: laureate head of Caligula


R: diademed draped bust of Rhoemetalces III


bronze coin struck in Thrace 38 - 41 AD. Coin laid in acid soil where got rusty.

ref.: Caligula RPC 1723; BMC 2; Moushmov 5805

Rhoemetalces III (Greek: Ρωμητάλκης) was a King of the Thracians. He was the son of the Monarch Rhescuporis II. He in association with his cousin-wife Pythodoris II were client rulers of the Odrysian kingdom of Thrace under the Romans from AD 38 to 46, in succession to Pythodoris’ mother Tryphaena and her brother Rhoemetalces II.

Rhoemetalces III was murdered in 46, by insurgents or on the orders of his wife. The subsequent fate of Pythodoris II is unknown; it seems he didn't have any children with his cousin. Thrace became incorporated into the Roman Empire as a province.[1] Remetalk Point on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after him.


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