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E-auction 96-50017 - THRACE - MARONEIA Demi-unité

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Estimate : 125 €
Price : 46 €
Maximum bid : 125 €
End of the sale : 16 February 2015 15:03:00
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Demi-unité
Date: c. 120 AC.
Mint name / Town : Maronée, Thrace
Metal : copper
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 5,27 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et irrégulier, échancré à 8 heures au droit. Belle petite tête de Dionysos. Frappe un peu molle au revers. Jolie patine vert clair
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Dionysos à droite, portant une couronne de feuilles de vigne et de lierre, les cheveux longs.


Reverse description : Dionysos nu, le manteau sur l'épaule gauche, tenant de la main droite, une grappe de raisin et de la gauche deux javelines ; de chaque côté un monogramme.
Reverse legend : MARWNITWN.


Poids très léger. Les monnaies divisionnaires semblent beaucoup plus rares que lee unités.

Historical background

Thrace - Maronea

(After 148 BC)

Maronea name, which had been colonized by people of Chios, just Maron, a priest of Apollo who gave Ulysses way to neutralize Polyphemus drunk in the making. Maron is also described as a son of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and intoxication. Wine and vine were so important, where the representation of Dionysos right, and the city was famous for the quality of its wine which is even mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey. The city itself, the ancient Ortagurea, located on the north shore of Lake Ismaris on Sthénas river was near Dikaia and Abdera also located in Thrace.

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