Dacian koson - It is a coin surrounded by mystery. Even though it is Dacian, it has greek writing imprinted on it, as well as Roman symbols and its gold seems to come from the Balkans. Moreover, it can be found ONLY on the Dacian territory. One of the theories claims that, before the death of Burebista, Brutus (monogram?) gave kosons to the Dacian mercenaries that he hired for some wars in the Balkan area. A curious thing about a coin of its age is that it has no leader's face imprinted on…
Dacia -Sarmizegetusa (modern Romania), Koson stater, circa 43 BC, 8.39 gm, 21 mm, 12 h. A hoard of several thousand of these staters was discovered in Sarmizegetusa in 1543. There are two types of these coins, with a BR monogram & without. The type without a monogram was made from native Dacian gold & the type with a monogram was made with Roman gold. Brutus, the lead assassin in Caesars murder, had these coins made to pay Dacian mercenaries in his war against Octavian, Antony, & Lepidus.
The conclusion of the Dacian Wars marked a triumph for Rome and its armies. Trajan announced 123 days of celebrations throughout the Empire. Dacia's rich gold mines were secured and it is estimated that Dacia then contributed 700 million Denarii per annum to the Roman economy, providing finance for Rome's future campaigns and assisting with the rapid expansion of Roman towns throughout Europe.